One killed, three injured as PDP primaries turn violent

Photo credit: The Advocate
Photo credit: The Advocate

At least one person was killed in violence that marred a Peoples Democratic Party event.

The Abia Police Command said one person was killed during the violence at Wednesday’s chairmanship primaries of the PDP in the state.

The command’s spokesman, Ogbonnaya Nta, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the deceased, identified as Onyemaechi, was a member of staff of Isialangwa North Local Government Area venue of the election.

He died in a fire at the chairman’s office, the spokesperson said.

The deceased died when the office was allegedly set on fire by aggrieved delegates.

At least three other persons were injured in the fire.

The spokesperson said the police arrested four persons in connection with the mayhem.

A witness said trouble broke out when some delegates who came for the poll at the council headquarters in Okpuala-Ngwa, rejected the list presented by the party officials that came to conduct the exercise.

It was learnt that the group, which threatened to disrupt the exercise, alleged that the list was “doctored” to favour a particular aspirant.

The agitation was said to have caused confusion and tension at the venue.

The witness said that in the midst of the crisis that ensued, “somebody sneaked into the chairman’s office with a jerry can of petrol and set the place ablaze”.

“The intention was to burn the disputed list,” the source said, adding that the fire escalated, killing one person on the spot.

Mr. Nta said that three other occupants of the office sustained serious burns and were rushed to hospital for treatment.

He said that the command had commenced investigation into the matter.

The primaries, which were organised to elect the party’s flag bearers for the December 17 local government election in the state, was stalemated in most of the 17 council areas due to violence.

There were also allegations of attempts by some powerful politicians to impose their “anointed’’ candidates.

The Publicity Secretary of the PDP in Abia, Don Ubani, denied the allegations of violence in a telephone interview, but admitted that there were “minor skirmishes during the exercise in some local government areas.”

Mr. Ubani said that the party’s leadership was still reviewing the reports of the election committees.

(NAN)


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  • sheyman

    Is this the handwork of APC also?

    • Observer

      APC must have bewitched them… i smell mess..lol

  • Sean

    Where are the wailers! I guess they’ll pass this by! The Jokers!!!

  • Truthometer

    Once a nest of killers, will always be nest of killers.

  • Kamalu

    The same minor skirmishes that consumed life will consume the lives of those fraudulent PDP officials

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  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Abia is the cancer of the SE as far as politics is concerned, violence and uncompromising stance .

  • okpada

    It is their stock in trade – PDPeeeeeee

  • George

    APC did worst than this but as we know Igbos are animals and a cursed upon their-animalistic-self.

    Their evil minded have no pity on anyone even their fathers and mothers are also a victims. This is not about PDP but Igbos a tribe with so much deadly plans that God wonders if He is their creatures.

    A Rev. Father in Igbo Land is worst than Native Doctor in Edo State in terms of evils perpetrators.