Friday, 24 April 2015

Violence Mar NLC Election in Benue

The election of executive members of the Benue State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, which held yesterday at the Aminu Isa Kontagoral complex in Makurdi was disrupted by unidentified thugs who stormed the venue and shot sporadically into the air shortly after voting commenced.

Following the interruption at the venue, the election was cancelled. But unknown to most of the members of the congress, another poll was ongoing at Apir area of Makurdi, close to the Federal Medical Centre along Otukpo road.

A source, claimed that the thug decided to scare members of the congress away by shooting into the air when it became clear that one of the candidates, Comrade Amya M was leading in the vote.

According to the source, who pleaded anonymity, “The election was interrupted by the thugs when it was clear that Amya would win his opponent believed to have the backing of Governor Suswam.

“As far as we are concerned, this election was rigged because no one knew that another poll was organized at Apir that same day where Governor Suswam’s candidate was declared winner”.

Other members of the Congress were worried by the action of the thugs. They called on the Police to carry out proper investigation on the matter.

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