In the course of conducting primary election for the Governorship candidates in the All Progressives Congress, APC, One person has been reported dead at Orodo ward, while three buses were destroyed and burnt down in Amike, Mbieri all in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo state. The death and destruction of vehicles were as a result of chaos among the party members, candidates and supporters.
The primary election which took place at Party’s headquarters along Okigwe road, opposite Imo State University, Owerri and in other party offices in the respective wards and Local Government Areas did not take place as party members turned out but could not find logistics to go on with the election.
As at 1 p.m., there was neither voting materials nor membership registers of the party in sight in all the ward voting centers monitored.
Not even party officials conducting the primaries were sighted. Before any sign of commencement of the exercise, one person had already been reported dead at Orodo ward, three buses had been burnt down in Amike, Mbieri all in Mbaitoli council area of Imo state.
Chaos first arose in Amike, Mbieri when a pro-government politician, Sunny Onyegbula, believed to be in support of the candidature of Uche Nwosu, former Chief of Staff and son in-law to Governor Rochas Okorocha was confronted by his kinsmen and dissuaded from shortlisting delegates at the polling centre, who the locals believe may be induced with money to vote for Nwosu against the aspiration of their son, the Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere, who is also from the area.
According to an eyewitness who spoke to our correspondent in strict anonymity, “For challenging him, Onyegbula made a call and not long after three buses loaded with thugs stormed Amike, Mbieri ward voting centre where men, women and youths were lined up waiting for the commencement of the primaries.
Consequently, the thugs on arrival, started shooting sporadically, harassing elderly men and women of the community and anybody else who was in sight.
Apparently angered by the situation, the youths of the community mobilized themselves and resisted the invaders.
In the course of the clashes, three vehicles were burnt and two persons killed.
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