Thugs yesterday suspected to be loyal to a party in Sapele, Delta State, attacked an advance team of the Delta Central Senator Ovie Omo Agege Campaign team.
The boys numbering over 20 barricaded the Gana-Ugberikoko road axis, the only route leading to the venue where Omo Agege was meant to visit Ward 7&8 members of the All Progressive Congress,APC, in continuation of his Ward to Ward campaign,
before engaging in a brawl that lasted over 20 minutes with members of ‘Agege Again’ a pressure group dedicated to Senator OmoAgege re-election into Senate.
The arrival of the Nigerian Police however quelled the disorder before the Senator’s arrival, but not without both parties substaining injuries.
Meanwhile Senator Ovie OmoAgege has assured members of the All Progressive Congress, APC, supporters in Sapele of the party’s protection over alledged death threat said to be issued by opposition party members in the State, adding that nobody has monopoly of violence.
Agege, who was responding to allegations of death threat, reportedly issued by an opposition party chairman in Otuamua in Sapele, said the era of violence in polity was gone.
“The era of hijacking ballot box is gone and we won’t accept that rubbish, we want to go to the field and win clearly. We want the election to be transparent and we are doing all what we can for this democracy to strive, but we won’t accept rubbish.
Let them try us and see what will happen. We know all their plans and we are ready for them. Don’t let them intimidate you” he said, adding that violence is no monopoly of anybody.
“Let them go on and burn your house and maybe hurt you, we know what to do and where to keep them and let’s see who will plead at the end”
However in a swift reaction, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Sapele has denied any member of the party issueing death threat or planning to engage in violence with the APC, rather they accused the opposition of the allegations.
The publicity Secretary of the PDP in Sapele local Government area, Comrade Benson Okorodudu, said “Look at the number of Military Personnel following the Senator, they are more than the APC members, that shows they are out to intimidate the PDP. In Delta. It is the APC that is in the opposition, why will a party who has enough followership who is sure of victory attack people or make threat? So it is just a make up story. It is the APC members that are causing troubles, tearing down our posters round the town”