The Campaign Director of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ahoada-West Local Government Area of Rivers State has been killed hours after he was abducted.
The deceased was reportedly abducted by the unknown gunmen who were dressed in police uniform while he was casting his vote at Ibagwa polling unit 2, Ward 10 in Ahoada West LGA.
Lennard was exercising his franchise during the governorship and state assembly elections when the incident happened.
According to reports, the APC chieftain was making efforts to stop the gunmen from snatching election materials when he was whisked away to an unknown destination.
The state Publicity Secretary of the party, Darlington Nwauju confirmed the incident to Daily Trust on Sunday.
Nwauju stated, “He was abducted from his polling unit during the voting process and taken away.
“Nobody knew where they took him to. It was later yesterday evening (Saturday) that his body was discovered. He was the APC LGA caretaker chairman and a PhD student at Rivers State University.”
Meanwhile, suspected political thugs have allegedly attacked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Collation centre of the Ogoja State Constituency in Cross Rivers State.
The thugs as gathered by Naija News beat many collation officers at the centre and as well destroyed electoral materials and louvres, and also carted away people’s phones.
The Electoral Officer for Ogoja Local Government Area, Peter Kolo confirmed the incident saying the hoodlums broke all security barriers to disrupt collation with the intent to destroy election results.
He said,” As I talk to you we have recovered all the results from both the BIVAS and uploaded results in the portal and we will soon resume announcing results from the three remaining wards.”
Also the Ogoja State Constituency Collation Officer, Dr Timothy Ellah of the University of Calabar said he was beaten heavily by thugs who carted away some result sheets with minor injuries sustained.”.We have however recovered all the results and we are ready to resume announcing the results,” he assured.
Meanwhile, an eyewitness told Nigerian Tribune that the whole issue started when the results from Nkum Irede were announced and the figures did not go down well with the APC Agents, who decided to raise alarm and invited their supporters to invade the Collation centre.
The source revealed that the Nkum Irede Ward result was the seventh out of the ten Political Wards in the Ogoja Local Government Area, of PDP winning.
While the Resident Electoral Commissioner(REC) Professor Gabriel Yomere has guaranteed the presence of soldiers, the Cross River State Police Command PRO, Irene Ugbo noted that many of the suspected thugs have been arrested and are currently been profiled to ascertain the level of each of the arrested person’s involvement in the attack.
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