APC Congress Turns Bloody In Cross River
A woman while returning from her farm and 10 others have been shot in Yakurr local government area of Cross River State during the rescheduled local government congress of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the area.
The fights ensued when loyalists of Pastor Usani Usani, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs and Mr Clement Ebri, the former governor of the state, who are both from the area, engaged in a fierce gun battle.
An anonymous indigene of the state said : “The two sides were arguing over the delegates list. This degenerated into a confrontation and subsequently a gun battle. Many people were shot and a woman who was returning from farm was hit by a stray bullet.”
He added that the congress ended badly as people ran for their dear lives including the police, and those who were rushed to the Ugep General Hospital for treatment.
In Abi, one Egbona was alleged to have escaped with the election materials leading to the opposing faction conducting a parallel congress and subsequently two executives emerged in the area, one led by Ekpe Elele and the other by Oche Ernest.
In Obubra, Chief Ernest Irek, a stalwart of the party said: “There was a misapplication of the delegates list because some people wanted to play games by injecting some names and this led to disagreement. What we have agreed upon now is that like it was done in local governments in the northern part of the state, we are going to rely on the list with the police and INEC for those elected during the ward congresses last week.”