By SIMON EBEGBULEM
OVER fifteen persons were reported wounded when Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, youths clashed in Afuze, Owa East Local Government Area of Edo State, following allegations of alleged manipulation of the on-going voters’ registration exercise by both parties.
Meanwhile, not less than 2,000 members of the PDP, led by the former chairman of the party in Ward 4, Owan West council of the state and also the chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, Chief Samson Ojeawere, weekend, dumped the party for the ACN, saying that they decided to move in order to support the political ambition of the Secretary to the Edo State Government, Mr Pally Iriase, who won the ACN ticket, to run for the Owan Federal Constituency in the forthcoming general elections.
As the crisis arising from the just concluded primaries of the ACN worsened, the former National Woman Leader of the PDP and now the ACN Edo Central senatorial candidate in the forthcoming elections, Herbetta Okonofua, has admonished party members not to allow the just concluded party primaries to cause disaffection in the party, pointing out that “there is no winner or loser in the primaries, our common enemy is the PDP, so we must get the exercise behind us and move on as brothers and sisters so as to win the forthcoming elections.”
However, the clash between the PDP and ACN youths occurred when the PDP members were protesting the alleged intimidation and arrest of some youths, who went to register in Ihievbe, home town of the Senator representing Edo North, Senator Yisa Braimoh. Vanguard learnt that while they were protesting, ACN youths also came out to protest what they described as the alleged “importation” of youths from neighboring communities and other states to register in the Senator’s village.
The two sides engaged themselves in a free for all and normalcy only returned tp the area, after the police intervened and dispersed the youths. Those who were wounded were rushed to the Afuze General hospital.
While receiving the decampees, Mr Iriase, commended the decision of the former PDP members to liberate themselves from “political bondage” and assured that they would be given fair and equal treatment in the ACN.