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Council Poll: 20 injured as PDP and APC supporters clash in Abia

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Just about one month after three workers of Isiala Ngwa North council area reportedly lost their lives during the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chairmanship primaries in the area, tragedy was on Wednesday averted in Abia State as supporters of the PDP and All Progressive Congress (APC), were said to have clashed at Mgboko Obete community in Obingwa council area of the state.

Reports have it that the PDP were on a campaign tour in the area when yet-to-be identified persons embarked on destroying posters belonging to the chairmanship and councillorship candidates of the APC in the Obingwa LGA, leading to a free for all which ensued between the loyalists and supporters of the respective party candidates.

Narrating his ordeal to newsmen, the APC Councillorship candidate for Ward six, Obingwa council area, Chinonso Friday who claimed to have been injured in the attack, accused the PDP of hiring thugs to destroy his campaign posters and some residents of the area for questioning their actions.

According to him,” The PDP came on a campaign tour in my community but instead of going for what they came for, they chose to destroy APC campaign posters. When residents of the community confronted them, they attacked them with dangerous weapons. As at now, over 20 residents of my community are receiving medical attention as a result of the injuries they sustained in the attack. If I had not restrained APC supporters from retaliating, many people would have lost their lives. I reported the incident to the Police, the PDP to allow peaceful elections.”

However, a chieftain of the PDP who was in the campaign tour, but preferred anonymity, denied that his party destroyed APC posters, and accused APC supporters of instigating trouble.

Abia Police spokesman, ASP Ogbonnaya Nta could not be reached as the time of filing this report even as reports from the area have it that normalcy is gradually returning to the area.

-NATION

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