Violence Trails Benue South Re-run Election

There are reports of pockets of violence in the re-run Benue South Senatorial District election, Saturday, February 20.
While controversy trailed the alleged attack on an agent of the All Progressives CCongres (APC), Agbo Icha Emmanuel at Idabi Polling Booth, Otukpo, the Deputy Governor’s ward; outright condemnation followed the burning of home of an alley of David Mark, the clan head of Ehicho-Ugwu, Okpoga in Okpokwu Local Government Area of the State, Chief Paul Amanyi. His house was reportedly set ablaze by thugs believed to be loyal to the All Progressives Congress.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), claimed that Agbo Emmanuel was apprehended by youths in the area who resisted his attempt to hijack electoral materials but the APC), claimed that he was attacked by thugs loyal to the PDP.
Emmanuel was allegedly attacked after he resisted attempts by the thugs to hijack electoral materials at Idabi polling booth at Otukpi- Icho.
However, his claim was countered by the PDP who claimed that youths in the area prevented Emmanuel from disrupting the poll.
PDP said it was impossible to attack APC agent in Deputy Governor’s Ward.
However, the home of the Clan Head of Ehicho-Ugwu, Okpoga in Okpokwu Local Government Area of Benue State, Chief Paul Amanyi, has been set ablaze by thugs believed to be loyal to the All Progressives Congress.
It was gathered that the home of the chief, a known supporter of Senator David Mark, was attacked after the thugs allegedly discovered electoral materials meant for the ongoing Benue South senatorial election rerun there.
The chief was said to have taken to his heels when he sighted the rampaging youths, prompting them to set the house ablaze.
Meanwhile, former Senate President, Mark the candidate of PDP has won his polling unit at the ongoing Benue South Senatorial District Re-run.
Mark polled 150 votes against 37 votes of Daniel Onjeh of the All Progressives Congress, APC in the VIP 1, Otukpo Club, Township Ward. In the nearby polling unit, VIP II, Mark also won by 97 to 19 votes.

Author: News Editor

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