By SIMON EBEGBULEM
THE Edo State chairman of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Mr Thomas Okosun, yesterday, escaped death through the whiskers yesterday, when factional angry ACN youths stormed the party’s secretariat and unleashed mayhem on the chairman and other party officials.
The chairman and other officers of the party escaped from their offices through the back door leading to Akenzua road but their vehicles were not spared, as the youths destroyed about three vehicles including the Prado jeep belonging to the chairman of the party.
It was learnt that the opposing groups who are backing different councillorship candidates ahead the April 20, 2013 Local Government Council election in the state found out that the names of their councillorship candidates were substituted.
It was gathered that the youths became more infuriated when they learnt that the leadership of the party had ordered that the councillorship positions in Egor and Oredo be shared equally among the two major factional groups in the ACN, even after the authentic councillorship candidates have emerged in their various wards in the last weekend Chairmanship and councillorship primaries of the party.
However, the opposing groups stormed the party’s secretariat at about 3pm yesterday, engaged themselves in a physical combat, just as they descended on the party leaders within the premises.
It took the intervention of battle ready mobile policemen to disperse the youths when they were about burning down the party’s secretariat. Efforts made to get the reaction of the chairman proofed abortive as he could not answer his phone. Vanguard however learnt that the leadership of the party went into hiding so as to find solution to the problems.