Benue South rerun election commences amidst tight security, violence

From ROSE EJEMBI, Makurdi.

The Benue South Senatorial rerun election between former Senate President, David Mark of the PDP and Comrade Daniel Onjeh of the APC held today amidst tight security and violence in some areas.

However, there were skirmishes in some areas such as Upu, Otukpo village of the Deputy Governor, Benson Abounu where some officials were attacked and one person allegedly seriously injured.

Also, the compound of a traditional ruler, Chief Paul Amanyi was said to have been completely razed by some suspected thugs in Ehicho-Ugwu, Okpoga in Okpokwu local government area of the state.

Amanyi’s house was said to have been invaded at about 8pm on Friday by the hoodlums who burnt his house and left him injured. The monarch, Sunday Sun gathered, is now receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.

Reacting to the incident in his village, Deputy Governor, Abounu said the attack was meant to ensure that election did not hold in his polling unit of over 700 voters.

“Their intention is to ensure that there is no election in my polling unit of seven hundred voters like they did during my own election but we will ensure that does not happen.”

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