August 6, 2018

DTHA member escapes lynching as protest trails PDP peace meeting

DTHA member escapes lynching as protest trails PDP peace meeting

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By Perez Brisibe

ABRAKA – THERE was pandemonium on Sunday at Abraka, host community of the Delta State University, DELSU, as scores of youths suspected to be members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, invaded the venue of a PDP meeting injuring the lawmaker representing Ethiope East in the state House of Assembly, Chief Evance Ivwurie who narrowly escaped being lynched.

The meeting convened by a member of the PDP Board of Trustees, Chief Judith Enamuotor and five leaders of the party in the area, was geared towards producing a consensus candidate out of the three aspirants for the party from Abraka ahead of the House of Assembly primary for the constituency.

The aspirants are; Blessing Enamuotor, Chief Evance Ivwurie and Joshua Atigogo.

Some of the youths who carried placards with inscription, “Abraka says no to imposition”, said they are protesting what they described as alleged ploy to adopt an anointed candidate for the House of Assembly seat in the area.

One of the leaders, who spoke to Vanguard on the incident, explained that though the three aspirants were asked to come alone for the meeting, two of them had stormed the venue with thugs who became unruly and attempted to lynch the lawmaker.

The leader who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: “Though the aim of the meeting was not achieved as the three aspirants turned down the idea of a consensus candidate, the thugs became wild and violent and even damaged the Sports Utility Vehicle of the lawmaker.”

Speaking on his ordeal, Chief Ivwurie said: “The conveners of the meeting had warned that it was a private meeting, hence we should come alone, but I was surprised when I got there and saw scores of thugs at the venue.

“At the end of the meeting while I tried to gain access to my car, they ambushed and violently attacked me leading to me sustaining injuries on my left wrist with my wrist watch stolen in the process.

“Fortunately for us, the Abraka Divisional Police Officer had been alerted on the incident and it was with his timely intervention that I was able to leave the venue of the incident.”