Thugs Attack APC Campaign Train, Abduct Party Members in Edo

Campaigns of parties in Edo State ahead September 10 governorship election in the state are assuming a dangerous height daily.
This as some supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC), were on Saturday night abducted by thugs alleged to be members of an opposition party in the state.
The supporters were abducted with two campaign vehicles belonging to the APC after a governorship rally in Illushi, near Ubiaja, Esan South East Local Government Area of Edo.
While three of the abducted supporters, including a popular entertainer, Maleke, and two others escaped, others and the vehicles were yet to be found as at the time of filling this report, Sunday evening.
Maleke’s escape did not, however, come easy as he, Jonathan Orukpe – personal driver to the Deputy Governorship candidate, and Sani Kamil – the soundman, were seriously beaten, and the windscreen of their vehicle smashed.
“We were beaten, molested and almost thrown into the River Niger by some of the thugs, who repeatedly shouted at us for daring to come to the area.
“Before they started, the thugs, one of who is called Lucky, took away our phones, and asked us to sit on the floor. It was when they heard that security agencies have been mobilised that they left, and a woman from the community assisted us to escape”, explained Maleke.
Trouble began at the campaign ground when some of the thugs infiltrated the crowd and started breaking vehicle glasses and chanting another party slogan with the poster of an opposition party candidate in their hands.
The APC press crew vehicle and some journalists were molested, while some of the campaign vehicles that were parked some distance from the campaign ground were hurriedly relocated for fear of been vandalized.
Meanwhile, the APC flagbearer, Godwin Obaseki, who described the incident as unfortunate and an act of desperation, said the matter has been reported to the Divisional Police Headquarters at Ubiaja, Esan South East.
He, however, noted that in spite of the intimidation, harassment and deliberate provocation, the ruling party remained undeterred, and will go on with its campaigns peacefully.
“Part of my convoy was waylaid, and some supporters abducted into the bush and molested; some of them sustained were hurt. We do not expect this level of violence from Illushi.
“We have reported the case at the Divisional Police Headquarters at Ubiaja, and we hope that the authorities will carry out the necessary investigation and get to the bottom of the matter.
“We appeal to our supporters remain calm and resist any temptation of retaliatory attacks because we are a lawful and peace-loving party. We are not oblivious of their crude politics and plans to perpetuate more violence across the state in order to intimidate us, but we will not be deterred”, declared Obaseki.
Meanwhile, the APC candidate said he will take part in the debate being organised by the Nigeria Election Debate Group (NEDG) on September 3.
According to Honourable Abass Brahma, Director of Communications of Godwin Obaseki Campaign Organisation, “Democracy is a government of the people, by the people and for the people. This is why persons who aspire to lead are expected to share their programmes and polices with the people they seek to govern. As a true progressive, Godwin Obaseki understands this, and will take advantage of credible platforms such as the NEDG to present his development agenda to Edo people.
“Already, while opposition candidates are going about chasing shadows, Godwin Obaseki is taking his message of hope to people and groups across the state, discussing real economic issues and practical development plans, as clearly articulated in his manifesto – Road to Prosperity,” he said.

Author: News Editor

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