A middle-aged women leader of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Kogi State was on Monday afternoon locked up in her house and burnt to ashes by political thugs who went on rampage after the guber poll in the State.
This was a sequel to the announcement by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that the candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Governor Yahaya Bello had been re-elected for the second term even as the thugs trooped out to celebrate the victory.
The victim, Mrs Acheju Abuh, the Women Leader of Wada Aro Campaign Council, Ochadamu Ward, was said to have been burnt alive in her home by alleged jubilant supporters and thugs said to be celebrating their party’s victory.
Reacting to the banal act, the spokesman, Wada/Aro Campaign Council, Faruk Adejoh-Audu said: “Chanting GYB 4+4, the thugs, shooting sporadically, arrived Hon (Mrs) Abuh’s house at about 2pm this afternoon (yesterday) and surrounded the house, bolting every exit and escape from outside.
“They then poured petrol on the building and set it ablaze as other terrorized villagers watched from hiding. She reportedly attempted to escape through a window but was prevented by the metal burglary proof and gun shots with bullets raining in her direction.
“The blood-thirsty thugs waited, shooting and watching with relish while Mrs Abuh cried from inside the inferno until her voice died out.
“They reportedly left only when the entire house and Mrs Abuh had been burnt to ashes. There are fears that the killing spree may escalate over the night.
“We are calling on all men of good conscience to immediately help the people of Kogi State appeal to the Inspector General of Police to rein in Bello’s thugs and protect our people whose only crime was that they voted for their choice, a vote that was never allowed to count.
“Unless Nigerians of good conscience immediately come to our aid, innocent people may die worse agonizing deaths as the blood lust of Mr Bello and his supporters continue.
“So far there’s no indication that the Kogi State police will arrest her killers or even prevent further attacks and killings of people.”
Sources from Ochadamu said two other houses had been burnt by the thugs. When youths in the community made attempts to stop the rampaging thugs, a serious fight was said to have ensued which led to one of the thugs allegedly hurting himself with his charmed knife which led to severe bleeding.
He was rushed to a popular clinic in the community where health workers refused to attend to him without a police report.
The thugs died shortly after he was brought to the clinic while the his enraged comrades promised to burn the clinic.
Investigations also revealed that since Saturday residents of all major towns in the state including Lokoja the state capital have been taken over by thugs and some security personnels who take delight in shooting sporadically without anyone challenging them
This, it was gathered has created fears for peace-loving citizens especially women and children who are often terrified with serious health problems created for the aged and those suffering from hypertension.
Reacting to the ugly incident the spoke man of the governor, Kingsley Fanwo, expressed sadness over the incident and said those responsible for the crisis would be brought to book.
Oshiomhole Withdraws Suit Challenging Suspension
Former National Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has withdrawn his application for stay of execution of the June 16 , 2020 of the Court of Appeal which affirmed his suspension as party boss.
He withdrew the application on Tuesday to show his acceptance of the dissolution of the National Working Committee (NWC), his lawyers said. Recall that the APC National Executive Council (NEC) at an emergency meeting last Thursday dissolved the NWC and appointed a caretaker committee.
A three-man panel of justices Justice Eunice Onyemenam unanimously dismissed the motion on Tuesday after it was withdrawn.
In November 2019, Oshiomhole was suspended by his Etsako Ward 10 in Edo State over anti-party activities.
Relying on that suspension, a High Court of the FCT on March 4 ordered Oshiomhole to stop parading himself as APC National Chairman.
When Oshiomhole approached the Court of Appeal, a three-man panel of justices led by Justice Onyemenam on June 16 affirmed the lower court’s ruling.
But Oshiomhole appealed to the Supreme Court and filed a motion for stay of execution of the judgment before the Court of Appeal.
While the application was pending before the Appeal Court, the APC NEC dissolved the Oshiomhole-led NWC.
Through his counsel, Ahmed Raji (SAN), the ex-party boss withdrew the application before the appellate court.
BREAKING: APC Caretaker Committee Holds Inaugural Meeting In Abuja
The ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Committee holds it’s inaugural meeting on Monday at the National Executive Committee (NEC) room at the party’s National Secretariat on Abuja.
The meeting is about to commence.
Among the early arrived are the Secretary of the committee, Senator John Akpan Udoedege, Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, former Senate President, Ken Nnamani and the Chairman of the committee, Governir Mai Mala Buni of Your State.
Sources close to the party Secretariat said that the former deputy National Secretary, Victor Giadom will present a handing over note to the committee.
I Am Happy APC Is In Crisis — Wike
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has reacted to the leadership crisis in the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Appearing on Arise Television, the governor said the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, would benefit from the crisis in the APC.
The governor explained that he wants PDP to return to power, hence, we will continue to pray that APC remains in crisis.
He said, “I am happy that APC is in crisis. It is not my business to help APC to be united.
“Remember that we also had our own crisis under Ali Modu Sheriff and APC jubilated about it then. It is my prayer that they should continue to be in crisis. We have taken another state.
“Unfortunately, APC isn’t really a political party. They came together just to take over power.
“I want my party to be in power and therefore, I cannot be praying for APC not to have crisis. I hope they continue to make mistakes every day, and my party will continue to grow.”
Recall that the suspension of APC National Leader, Adams Oshiomhole by an Appeal Court had led to a leadership crisis in the party.
Following the crisis, the party’s National Executive Council, NEC, had dissolved its National Working Committee, NWC, led by Oshiomhole.
The party’s NEC immediately constituted a caretaker committee to ensure the smooth running of the party till its National convention.
APC’s NEC appointed the Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, to head the Caretaker Committee.
During the meeting, President Muhammadu Buhari urged aggrieved members to suspend all court matters in the interest of the party.
The president had lamented that the party’s fortune was in jeopardy, hence the need for unity.
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