Vi­o­lence mars APC congress in Kaduna

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Mis­bahu Bashir, Kaduna

Mem­bers of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) clashed yes­ter­day dur­ing the ward con­gresses of the party in Kaduna State leading to the can­cel­la­tion of the ex­er­cise in sev­eral places.

One per­son was feared dead in Afaka, Igabi lo­cal govern­ment area while a teenage boy lost his hand in Malali, Kaduna north lo­cal govern­ment.

A mem­ber of the congress mon­i­tor­ing com­mit­tee said vi­o­lent gangs were spon­sored by se­nior party mem­bers in some ar­eas to ruin the ex­er­cise “so that they can fab­ri­cate fake re­sults for self­ish pur­poses.”

He said youth groups car­ry­ing knives stabbed many people in dif­fer­ent places in the states. The polling units hit by vi­o­lence were in Zaria, Makarfi, Chukun, Igabi, Kaduna North and Kakuna South lo­cal govern­ment ar­eas, he said.

At Malali pri­mary school, venue for the ex­er­cise, an eye wit­ness, Ab­du­Rah­man Mo­hammed said “gangs stormed the area at about 11am dur­ing the ex­er­cise and stabbed so many people. Vic­tims were taken to med­i­cal cen­ters in an am­bu­lance.”

He said soldiers were de­ployed to the area and nor­malcy re­turned. “The ex­er­cise stopped im­me­di­ately and soldiers took over the venue. They asked people in the area to re­turn to their re­spec­tive houses.”

He said the vi­o­lence was caused by ri­val party loy­al­ists in some places while in other places it was mas­ter­minded by op­po­si­tion par­ties.

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