PDP North West Congress: Thugs Invade Venue, Snatch Ballot Boxes

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The Northwest Zonal Congress of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was forced to end abruptly on Saturday after thugs invaded the venue and disrupted the event.

The congress is taking place to elect some party executives in the North West zone of the country.

It was gathered that ballot boxes were snatched at the event held in Kaduna State while some of the delegates were wounded as supporters clashed.

The venue was thrown into chaos and confusion as supporters of the major contenders for the position of National Vice Chairman for northwest zone clashed.

The contenders include Senator Bello Hayatudeen Gwarzo, Aminu Wali, and a preferred candidate of former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.

However, the voting could not be concluded as thugs disrupted the process shortly before voting commenced.

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairmen in Lagos, Osun, Ekiti and Ogun States have raised the alarm over plan by the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, to bring over 150 armed thugs dressed in uniform of the Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Operation Amotekun to Osogbo for the South-West Zonal Congress on Monday.

The State Chairmen, who spoke through the Ogun State PDP Chairman, Dr Sikirulai Ogundele, said presence of anyone in Amotekun uniform anywhere near the congress venue will be resisted.

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Sikirulai, who spoke on behalf of the PDP chairmen in Ekiti, Lagos, Osun States, Otunba Bisi Kolawole, Engr Adedeji Doherty and Hon Sunday Bisi respectively, said there was credible information confirming the plot to clothe thugs in Amotekun uniform to invade Osogbo on Monday.

He called on the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) to ensure that only authorised security personnel and delegates are allowed into the congress venue.

Sikirulai said; “We are aware that they want to bring in thugs under the guise of Amotekun and we are warning them to perish that idea because it will be resisted.

“The main ideal behind the creation of Amotekun is to secure Yorubaland from kidnappers and other criminals that are destroying our farmlands, killing our people and raping our wives and daughters.

“It is not the duty of Amotekun to monitor political party congresses and those behind this clandestine plot should get this very clear.

“We therefore alert the police and Department of State Service (DSS) in Osun State of the plot and urge them to warn those behind it of the consequences.”

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