By Emma Amaize, Emma Arubi & Festus Ahon
WARRI — SUSPECTED thugs, Wednesday, invaded and disrupted a meeting of the Urhobo Progress Union, UPU, presided over by its president general and first civilian Governor of Delta State, Senator Felix Ibru, in his Ughelli residence.
Former Communications Minister in the late General Sani Abacha regime, Major -General Patrick Aziza, who is the deputy president-general of UPU, was injured by the thugs.
Same day in Ughelli North, thugs stormed a meeting of Delta Central Senatorial aspirant, Chief Ighoyota Amori, with leaders and executive members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the area, which was convened for Amori to declare his intention to the party.
The state Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, was furious, yesterday, over the attacks and has directed the heads of the security agencies in the state to fish out the people responsible for the attacks and their sponsors, if any, for prosecution.
He condemned the two attacks, saying it was against the peace and security agenda of his administration, adding that government would protect the lives and property of all Deltans and their rights to freely associate.
Uduaghan said, “there was a senatorial aspirant, who went to Ughelli North PDP Secreteriat to see the party members and tell them of his intention and some young boys went there and disrupted the programme, I hear it still ended up successfully.
“But more worrisome is that later in the day, there was an executive committee meeting of the UPU, that was going on in the home of the former Governor, Chief Ibru, some hoodlums went there and tried to destroy the house, attacked some of the executive committee members that were holding meeting there. In fact, the deputy president general, General Aziza was injured”.
Meanwhile, reports from Ughelli confirmed that the campaign train of Chief Amori was attacked by protesting youths, who came out nude in Ughelli and destroyed chairs and canopies at the PDP, secretariat, causing heavy traffic jam on the ever busy East-West Road.