- A politician in Edo state, Sylvanus Erauga, got more than he bargained for during PDP's ward congress in one of the LGAs
- Trouble started when the former lawmaker tried to install his loyalists as the ward chairman
- Erauga received the beating of his life from some youths in the area as they resisted his attempt
There was chaos during the ward congress of the Edo state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at South Ibe in Etsako West local government.
A former lawmaker in the state House of Assembly, Sylvanus Erauga, was beaten to a pulp, on Saturday, February 1, according to a report by Daily Trust.
Trouble was said to have started when Erauga who is not from the ward made an attempt to install his loyalists as the ward chairman of the area.
Eruaga who represented Estako constituency II, in the last Assembly was resited by youths in the area.
During the chaos, he reportedly injured one of the youths and tried to escape. He was, however, not so lucky as some other youths chased him.
When they caught him, they beat him black and blue before he was rescued by the police.
It was gathered that the PDP congress which took place across the 192 wards in Edo state was marred by violence and shooting in some areas.
At ward six, Oredo local government area, PDP members were scared away by gunmen who shot sporadically. The gunmen started shooting after a disagreement over a list of consensus ward executives.
At ward seven of the same LGA, the members of the PDP members reportedly waited till 2pm but no electoral official came.
An aspirant who pleaded anonymity described the congress as a sham and plot by the outgoing chairman Dan Orbih to have his way, installing his successor.
Meanwhile, the Edo government has warned against carrying out unauthorized rallies in the state, saying stiff penalties will be meted on any individual or group who flout the orders.
This comes on the heels of the feud between the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, and his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole.
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