The protracted crisis within the Ogun State (South west Nigeria) chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) worsened yesterday.
Thugs suspected to be loyal to the House of Representatives member representing Remo Federal Constituency, Oladipupo Adebutu, allegedly vandalized the campaign buses of the Buruji Kashamu/Reuben Abati Campaign Organization.
The suspected thugs were reportedly led by four boys called Eniba, Scorpion, Easy and Biggy.
Kashamu and Adebutu were among dignitaries at the annual thanksgiving service of former Ogun State Governor Gbenga Daniel in Sagamu.
Both Federal lawmakers have been locked in a battle of wits – until recently – over the control of the Ogun State PDP structure and the governorship ticket, which the court rule in favor of Kashamu.
An eyewitness said trouble started when Adebutu spurned Kashamu’s attempts to exchange pleasantries with House of Representatives member at the Tabernacle of His Glory venue of the service.
Adebutu’s surprising attitude was said to have made Kashamu to walk away to greet other dignitaries.
Someone reportedly said Adebutu should respect his superiors, as the senator walked away.
The comment was said to have angered Adebutu, who reportedly pushed the man, who almost fell.
On regaining his balance, the man was said to have rained some blows on Adebutu.
Unable to control his anger, the lawmaker reportedly stormed out of the church auditorium, despite entreaties from Daniel and other guests.
It was learnt that he and a former Chairman of Sagamu Local Government Area, Prince Daisi Akintan, allegedly left the venue in anger and ordered their “men” to attack Kashamu and his supporters.
Suspected thugs brandishing the cudgel, machetes and guns were said to have started attacking people, vandalizing vehicles, banners, posters and billboards.
Some gunshots were reportedly fired into the air.