– About 12 vehicles in the convoy of Cross River state Governor Ben Ayade have reportedly been destroyed by the APC supporters over the state House of Assembly bye-election
– The APC supporters and the main rival, the PDP, engaged in a physical combat during campaigns by the two parties for the bye-election
– The police have reportedly arrested three people for their alleged involvement in the incident
There was pandemonium in Cross River state on Saturday, August 4, after the APC supporters and their main rival, the PDP, engaged in a physical combat during campaigns by the two parties for the state House of Assembly bye-election.
Vanguard reports that about 12 vehicles in the convoy of Governor Ben Ayade were reportedly destroyed by the clash.
NAIJ.com gathered that the clash took place in Begiading/ Ohong ward where the two parties supporters met as temper flared, leading to the conflict.
John Ukpata, an APC supporter said: “PDP members attacked and destroyed the vehicle bearing the loud speaker of the APC campaign team and in retaliation the APC faithful attacked the convoy of the governor represented by the chief of staff, Martins Orim and destroyed the vehicles.”
It was gathered that three people have been arrested by the police, and more people thought to have caused the damage were being haunted by the police.
Emmanuel Ulayi, a media aide of the governor said: “The APC loyalists are the ones causing the mischief by saying that Abbey Ukpukpen is not from Obubu and should not be elected, while we in PDP have been carrying out peaceful campaign for our candidate and telling the people that as the widow of a late Assembly member, she has a right to contest and we are making headway.”
The situation in the area has been tense since the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the date for the bye-election to replace a member of the House, Stephen Ukpukpen who died in May, during an early morning jogging session.
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The PDP chose Abbey Ukpukpen, wife of the late Assembly man as the flag bearer for the party in the election while APC candidate is Adah Ishamali.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the PDP floored the APC in the just concluded Gombe state House of Assembly bye-election in Dukku north constituency.
The election was held on Saturday, August 19 by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as a result of the demise of Gambo Kabade.
Kabade, a member of the House on the platform of the PDP, died on June 29. The report said the election was contested by seven political parties and result announced at the Government Girl Secondary School, Malala early on Sunday, August 20.
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