The postponement of the February 16th presidential and National Assembly elections has claimed no fewer than seven lives and left many people injured in some states of the Federation.
Nigerians were anxiously waiting for what would have been Nigeria’s eight presidential elections when it was postponed just a few hours to the commencement by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) claiming logistics as the cause.
The deaths recorded in some parts of the country occurred in Cross River, Delta and Benue states respectively.
Mr. Ayuk Ogar identified as the Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Bendeghe Ekiem Ward in Etung Local Government Area of Cross River State and four others were confirmed to have died after engaging in a clash with supporters of the All Progressives Congress.
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The clash between the PDP and APC supporters happened on Saturday morning when elders, chiefs and opinion leaders in the community convened a meeting for supporters of the two parties to sign a peace accord in order to put a stop to the frequent conflict between them in the community.
The Special Adviser to Governor Ben Ayade on Cocoa identified as Dr Oscar Ofuka who is from the community explained to sources that he narrowly escaped death when the clash occurred.
Ofuka said in a statement:
“We were convened by the elders and chiefs of our community to meet and sign a peace accord to forestall any outbreak of conflict between APC and PDP members, which has become rampant in the community in the run up to the election. “We had gathered at the chief’s palace when some people invaded the place with knives and guns and began to attack us and I only escaped by hair’s breath.”
Ofuka also added that:
“We have appealed to the Police Commissioner to intervene and beef up security in the community, but that is hardly the case and these attacks have become too frequent.”