OBIORA IFOH, Abuja
The bubble has finally burst at the Buhari Campaign Organisation (BCO) as two factions who have hitherto managed their crisis on Wednesday clashed over which group should have access into their Katampe headquarters in Abuja.
The two groups, one led by Alhaji Danladi Pasalli and the other by Alhaji Aminu Isa Bayero, coincidentally converged at the office for what they called a ‘Thank- God’ press briefing for the recovery and safe arrival of President Muhammadu Buhari into the country after his medical vacation in London.
The Pasalli faction which arrived earlier at the venue had taken control of the office while they locked out the Bayero led group who also invited the police and officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) to retake the office for their meeting.
The effort of the Bayero group met with stiff resistance as the Pasalli faction which also invited the police to the venue to ensure that only members loyal to them had access into the building.
At the time of this report, members of the Bayero led group including Bayero and his national secretary, Nnenna Lancaster Okoro and their numerous supporters were outside the gate of the building, some of their members urging the police to effect the ejection of the Pasalli group.
When it became clear to the District Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Katampe, Mr Tino Dangana that it was a case of leadership tussle and that both factions have also been in constant communication with the FCT Police Command and the Katampe police division, he assumed the role of a peace maker.
Though the DPO appealed to the two groups to submit five names each to deliberate and resolve the crisis, the North Central coordinator of the group, Alhaji Ubale Marafa Kagara who organised the briefing ignored him and continued with the briefing.
Dangana later bulldozed his way into the building to the briefing venue, though visibly angry with Ubale for flouting his directive but continued his appeal to him to end the press briefing so that the peace meeting would hold.
Crisis was said to have erupted in the organisation last February when the Acting National Cordinator, Alhaji Aminu Isa Bayero was suspended by the Board of Trustees (BoT) chairman, Alhaji Kabiru N’Kaura and replaced him with Alhaji Danladi Passalli.
Our reporter learnt that Bayero was removed for reasons of high handedness in running the organisation and unilaterally making multiple appointments into one office or the other contrary to the mandate of his office.
But the embattled Alhaji Bayero later told newsmen that he was the authentic national coordinator having received an approval letter from the presidency and the headquarers of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He however, acknowledged that a petition against him has been lodged with the Inspector General of Police and the FCT police Command.
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