Ambassador Yahaya Seriki, an aspirant in the concluded All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries in Kwara Central, has cautioned his supporters who are allegedly wreaking havoc in the state over the unfavourable outcome of the election, to desist from such acts.
Seriki, who contested the Kwara Central Senatorial District ticket lost to Mallam Saliu Mustapha by a wide margin.
According to the results of the election, Mustapha garnered 136 votes while Seriki and the incumbent Senator Yahaya Oloriegbe had 77 and 15 votes respectively.
But this newspaper gathered that Seriki’s supporters, after the primaries, went haywire and started assaulting some local government officials.
While they beat some to stupor, they inflict severe injuries on others.
Also, some properties worth millions of naira in the Ilorin metropolis have been vandalised by these rabid supporters.
According to reports, two APC local government Chairmen, including that of Ilorin West and Ilorin East have so far been attacked by political thugs loyal to Seriki.
The APC Chairman for Ilorin East local government, Habeeb Lawal, was attacked a day after the Party’s senatorial primaries.
The local government official was reportedly ambushed while travelling from Ilorin to Lagos. Beyond inflicting injuries, these hoodlums broke his vehicle’s windscreen.
Also, the residence and office of Ilorin West APC Chairman, Mr. Wasiu Tejidini was reportedly raided by these political thugs.
But in a one-minute clip seen by this newspaper, Mr Seriki had warned his supporters to desist from such malevolent acts, saying he had accepted the outcome of the election in good faith.
“The primaries are over and we’ve seen the outcome. We have to give glory to God for that.”
He also berated the actions of the hoodlums, adding that they have embarked on a journey to tarnish his image.
“I’m using this medium to plead with my supporters. Anyone caught fighting or destroying properties, I’m not in support of that action. You are on your own. Don’t tarnish my image. I’ve moved on, you too should’ he said.