By Jubril Bada
The campaign visit of the Rivers State Governor and presidential aspirant under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nyesom Wike to the party secretariat in Ondo State, on Monday was grounded for almost an hour, following a face-off among supporters of the former Governor of the state, Dr.Olusegun Mimiko and the former Governorship candidate of the party, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede.
The Hope Metro gathered that the supporters began chanting different for the two leaders on Wike’s arrival the secretariat at 5:25pm
Wike was at the state party secretariat to hold meeting with the leaders and the delegates ahead of the forthcoming presidential primary elections.
The face -off between supporters of the two party leaders had started looming since Sunday as they engaged each other, chanting songs for their leaders repeatedly in the presence of the former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar during a meeting he held with the leaders and delegates over his presidential ambition.
The following day (Monday), the supporters of Jegede started chanting the popular governorship campaign song for Jegede in the 2020 gubernatorial race ” Eli kaka kiki kaka, eh eh, oba onile ola Eh Eh; Eli Shadah Eh Eh, Eyi o gbodo Bale E gbe” before Wike in the presence of the two leaders.
The song, it was learnt prompted the supporters of the former governor to come up with a popular song “lroko, lroko, lroko One, lroko two, lroko three which rented the air and overshadowed Jegede’s supporters.
The development, reportedly led to fraces between the two groups who turned the meeting to a rowdy session that lasted for almost an hour.
Recall that Mimiko,defected to the Peoples Democratic Party,(PDP) recently after he had a meeting with the chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum and Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, and three others.
At the meeting on Monday, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo, party chieftains including former Deputy Governor, Omolade Oluwateru and Chief Segun Adegoke were on seat.
While speaking, Mimiko apologized to Wike over the clashes, describing it as little political skemich, which was not too abnormal in politics.