- The PDP senatorial primaries has been marred by violent confrontations and gunshots
- At least 10 persons were reportedly injured, with over 20 vehicles badly damaged during the party’s senatorial primary elections, held in Makurdi
- Benue deputy governor, Benson Abounu, expressed dissatisfaction with the way and manner the primary was conducted
The senatorial primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Makurdi, has been marred by violent confrontations and gunshots during which at least 10 persons were reportedly injured, The Punch reports.
Legit.ng gathered that on Thursday night, October 4, several people sustained severe injuries, with over 20 vehicles badly damaged during the party’s Benue South senatorial district primary elections, held at Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi.
It was also reported that thugs barricaded the entrance to the venue of the primary for the state and national assemblies in Benue South senatorial district.
The PDP senatorial primary could not hold earlier in Otukpo, senatorial headquarters, on ground of “falsification of delegates’ lists,” hence, the electoral committee members shifted the venue to Makurdi to forestall crisis.
However, trouble started when accreditation of delegates was on going and some persons protested against the list of delegates from Ohimini local government area.
It was then some young people suspected to be thugs working for various aspirants started hauling stones at delegates, which forced the security agents to shoot into the air to disperse the crowd.
But as hard as police tried, some hoodlums, most of whom were said to be armed, responded with gunshots, leading to violent confrontations.
The hoodlums seized the opportunity to wreak havoc on facilities at the stadium, they destroyed cars while people scampered for safety.
A team of policemen were sighted in four Hilux vehicles driven to the venue.
DSP Moses Yamu, the command spokesman, when contacted on phone on Friday, October 5, said he was not aware of the incident.
The state deputy governor, Benson Abounu, speaking to newsmen expressed dissatisfaction with the way and manner the primary was conducted.
“It is not right that the exercise could not hold in Otukpo and shifted to Makurdi, yet people are still fighting themselves to ensure that the exercise was disrupted. This action is condemnable and undemocratic.”
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In a previous report by Legit.ng, three from the seven gubernatorial aspirants have stepped down before the commencement of the PDP primaries in Benue.
The aspirants, Dave Iorhembe, Gabriel Nyitse and Joe Iorapuu, all accepted to step aside in the interest of the party. Nyitse said PDP needed to maintain its stronghold for a great come back in 2019. He advised the party to always ensure they rewarded party faithful.
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