By Emma Arubi and Laja Thomas
SECURITY personnel yesterday at the Okirigwe Junction in Sapele, Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State, allegedly shot dead one angry youth bemoaning the postponement of the National Assembly polls.
Similarly, one youth is currently receiving treatment at the State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara, following a clash between supporters of the Peoples Democracy Party, PDP, and supporters of the Democratic Peoples Party, DPP, during Saturday’s botched polls while some others are receiving treatment at unknown places.
Vanguard learnt that the dead youth whose identity could not immediately be ascertained was expressing his anger over the postponement when he allegedly vented his annoyance by smashing an unmarked security Hilux van parked nearby, an action that reportedly angered the state security personnel inside the state owned security Hilux van.
Eyewitness account said immediately they alighted from the vehicle the boy started running away and refused to stop. At that point he was shot by one of the security men.
Another account however stated that both incidents have their origin in the PDP/DPP fracas that started at the home of a DPP Chairmanship candidate at the Gana area of Sapele where dangerous weapons were said to have been freely used in a fight for party supremacy in which one Joba, who led over 40 youths to an attack mission was allegedly shot.
MPPP to adopt Dosunmu as Lagos guber candidate
AHEAD of the Lagos State gubernatorial election, the Mega Progressive Peoples Party, MPPP, said it would adopt the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, gubernatorial candidate in Lagos State, Dr Ade Dosunmu, for the April 16, election.
National Chairman of the party, Chief Rasheed Adewale Shitta-Bey disclosed this when the PDP candidate paid him a courtesy call in Lagos weekend.
The elated Chief Shitta-Bey, who receive the PDP guber candidate with his expanded Lagos State Executive members, promised to work assiduously for the realisation of the governorship ambition of the Lagos prince.
His words: “As a fellow Lagosian, I will always support a just cause and this from all indications is a worthy cause. Dr Ade Dosunmu is a reliable candidate, a tested administration with an unblemished record, I beleive if given the mandate,he will do welll as the Governor of Lagos State.
“Dr Ade Dosunmu is also young and vibrant, he has the educational qualification and administrative experience to transform Lagos to a true mega city in the nearest future, hence my decision to support him.”
I’m not aware of any disqualification, says Delta Commissioner
THE Delta State Independent Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Gabriel Ada, has denied the purported disqualification of any senatorial candidate of any party in the rescheduled National Assembly elections billed for Monday, April 4, in the state.
Dr. Ada made the clarification while answering a question in a live phone-in special edition on election in a radio broadcast in Delta State.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner who condemned the rumour urged members of the public as well as the media to always get their facts from the commission, adding that to the best of his knowledge, he was not aware and hadn’t any directives on the disqualification of any candidate.
He enjoined Deltans to discard such rumour and come out en mass to exercise their rights.