Thugs storm Ebonyi APGA guber candidate’s ward, burn electoral materials including BVAS, injure three voters
Political thugs have disrupted elections at Omege ward in Ezza North Local government area of Ebonyi state. Omege ward is the polling unit of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Gubernatorial candidate in the State, Professor Ifeanyi Bernard Odoh.
According to reports, the thugs who came to the polling unit, shot sporadically into the air and injured three people who are currently at the hospital. They also destroyed electoral materials including the BVAS machine.
Mr. Nwafor Benjamin, an APGA Ward Agent for the ward described the situation as unfortunate, stressing that the development has deprived the people of the area their right to Vote.
“What happened here is very unfortunate and it has never happened in Omege ward before, our youths and the civil defense men accompanied the materials from the local government to the polling unit. On reaching here, people were waiting for INEC to bring out the materials, unknown to us, some Ebubeagu people came down from a bike with pump action and started shooting and injured three people. One of them rushed to where INEC officials kept the materials and brought out sensitive items like the BVAS and register and started shooting to scare people away before burning the BVAS”. he said
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Ebonyi State Police Command, SP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, said electoral materials were being resent to the affected Polling Unit as the election will still be conducted there.