One feared dead dur­ing APC NASS pri­maries in Abuja

Sunday Trust - - NEWS - By Abubakar Sadiq Isah & Olayemi John-Men­sah

The All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives pri­maries in Kuje and some lo­ca­tions in the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT) were marred with vi­o­lence and chaos.

A re­lax­ation spot and event cen­tre be­long­ing to Dan­ladi Etsu Zhin, one of the as­pi­rants in the pri­maries and some pri­vate prop­erty were burnt by sus­pected hood­lums while sev­eral peo­ple were in­jured in the may­hem in Kuje.

The cause of the vi­o­lence could not been con­firmed but some wit­nesses said it was as a re­sult of the venue for the pri­mary in Kuje ward.

Other res­i­dents said the cri­sis started when news fil­tered in that one of the as­pi­rants was lead­ing as some sup­port­ers al­leged ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in the process.

Also a mem­ber of the APC, Yahaya Ishaku said the in­ci­dent hap­pened around 2: pm af­ter some mem­bers of the party at Kuje cen­tral sus­pected a foul play that elec­tion ma­te­ri­als have been di­verted.

When con­tacted, the spe­cial ad­viser to the chair­man of Kuje Area coun­cil on Me­dia and Pub­lic­ity, Haruna Us­man, said he was not aware of death of an APC mem­ber in the area.

Vi­o­lence was also recorded at Gwagwa Ward in Abuja Mu­nic­i­pal Area Coun­cil (AMAC) yes­ter­day.

A top gov­ern­ment func­tionary in the ward who pleaded anonymity said some hood­lums who dis­rupted the Se­na­to­rial pri­mary held in the ward on Fri­day re­turned for reprisal at­tack.

“We are able to calm the sit­u­a­tion be­fore it de­gen­er­ated and ev­ery­thing went well,” he said.

Ef­forts to speak with the FCT po­lice com­mand spokesman, DSP An­juguri Manza, were not suc­cess­ful as he did not pick calls put across to him.

Mean­while, the chair­man of the Na­tional Work­ing Com­mit­tee on the con­duct of the Na­tional Assem­bly pri­maries in the FCT, Ben­jamin Imeogu is yet to an­nounce the re­sult of the party’s se­na­to­rial pri­mary held on Fri­day.

NAN

From left: Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Min­is­ter of In­te­rior, Mr Muhammed Umaru; rep­re­sen­ta­tive of In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice, Mr Ha­bila Joshak; Com­man­dant, Nige­ria Security and Civil De­fence Corps (NSCDC) in Plateau State Com­mand, Mr Solomon Ola­supo; and the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Plateau State Gover­nor, Mr Richard Tokma, dur­ing the min­is­ter’s visit to the scene of the at­tacks in Jos yes­ter­day PHOTO:

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