PDP, LP Clash Claims 2 Lives In Ebonyi, Several InjuredFeatured, Latest News, Nigeria 2015 Election Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
From Ignatius Okpara, Abakaliki – A clash between suspected political thugs and supporters of peoples Democratic party PDP and that of Labour Party (LP) in Ikwo and Ohaozara Council areas of Ebonyi State on Thursday, claimed two lives.
One brand new Hiace bus was also razed down by the thugs, just as properties valued several millions of naira were destroyed during the attack, which was blamed on the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Scores of people, including the Ohaozara West candidate of the Labour Party, Mr. Chukwu Obini, were brutalized, during the attacks.
The Coordinator of Ikwo Central Development Center, Chief Linus Amaga, confirmed the death of Mr. Ogo Nwakpu of Agubia Ikwo in Ikwo Local Government Area of the State.
He alleged that the deceased who was attacked by some Peoples Democratic Party thugs after the Labour Party campaign rally in the community died following complications that arose from the injuries he sustained during the attack.
According to him, another victim is still lying critical in the hospital.
Chief Amaga however, regretted that in the last one month, over 20 Labour Party supporters in the local government had been attacked and seriously injured by some suspected thugs allegedly working for the PDP.
His words: “The PDP members have resorted to attacking supporters and candidates of the party, following the rejection of its candidates by the different communities and major stakeholders in the local government area.
“How many of us would they kill, even if it is only one person that is remaining in the entire Ebonyi State, that single person would still vote for the Labour Party. Labour Party has come to stay in Ebonyi State,” he declared.
“Because of the irregularities witnessed during the PDP primaries, the people observed with dismay, that PDP has nothing to offer to the state again, so they needed change and Labour Party brought the needed change with the emergence of Sir Edward Nkwegu, as the governorship candidate”.
Efforts to reach the Acting Chairman of PDP in the state, Mr. Joseph Onwe for his reaction hit the brick wall, as he refused to pick several calls put across to his mobile phone.
The state police public Relations officer, PPRO Chris Anyanwu, however, confirmed the attack, saying already, six people have been arrested in connection with misconduct.
He added that the police has commenced investigation in the matter and would arraign the suspects as soon as court resumes.
Meanwhile, the Caretaker Committee Chairman of Ohaozara council Area, Hon Chaka Nweze, has expressed regret over the burning down of the campaign bus of the Labour Party, as well as destruction of household equipment and vehicles worth millions of naira at his official residence and that of his aids by thugs alleged to be working for the PDP.
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