Rivers: Election Materials Hijacked By PDP As IYC Attacks Caretaker Chairman, APC Alleges
SAN FRANCISCO, March 28, (THEWILL) – Political thugs allegedly working for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have reportedly hijacked election materials meant for Akuku Toru Wards 15, 16 and 17 of River State and attacked Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, personnel, conveying the materials as well.
The hijacked materials and men, according to the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) were taken to Freetown, a hinterland coastal community. The attack was allegedly led by two youths whose identities are known.
In Tombia, in same Akuku Toru local government, PDP had by Friday night allegedly filled the community with Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, bouncers who were attacking APC members and at the same time, preventing those returning home to vote entering the town. They were doing so in the presence of soldiers who were too few in number. The Caretaker Committer Chairman and others were injured in the attack on Friday.
In Buguma which is in Asari Toru Local government, policemen were busy all day allegedly arresting APC chieftains
In Gokana local government, trained INEC ad hoc personnel were replaced with untrained manpower suspected to be PDP members. It was believed to have been done allegedly in connivance with the LGA Electoral Officer, EO.