One Killed As Angry Youths Attack Governor Akpabio’s Convoy
One person reportedly died on Tuesday, while several others sustained serious injuries when some angry youths in Ikot Abasi attacked the convoy of the governor of Akwa-Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio shortly after a town hall meeting in the area.
The Governor has been accused of trying to impose candidates on the people in the forthcoming general election in 2015, a move he is backing up with the organisation of Town Hall Meetings across the state.
Trouble reportedly started after a member in the cabinet of the governor, one Emmanuel Udom believed to be eying a political office in the state made a remark at the end of the town hall meeting, saying that as one who is in government, he has every government document at his disposal and could manipulate this in his favor in 2015. He insinuated that with this singular edge, he was the candidate to beat in the 2015 election.
Udom’s statement angered the already irked youths who immediately went on rampage against the governor and his envoy. The situation was worsened when members of the Crowd Control Unit (CCU) attempted to stop the angry youths. They were overcome by the hordes of Ikot Abasi Youths who chased and beat them mercilessly.
In the process, the governor’s convoy was attacked, leaving vehicles and other properties massively destroyed.
As at the early hours of today (Wednesday), smokes from burnt tires and vehicles were everywhere around the town hall meeting venue and its environs.
The youths were angry that Udom Emmanuel was not only undermining their collective role which they will play in the 2015 governorship election, but had also gone too far to insult their sensibilities.
The Ikot-Abasi incident will be the worst in the series of opposition which Akpabio has had since the beginning of the briefing. During the briefing of Ikono/Ini, the head of the CCU, Emmanuel Ukoette was ruthlessly beaten by some angry youths who said Emman had come to tear their No-Zoning placards which they carried at the venue of the town Hall meeting.
The governor had been told by some prominent citizen of the state to desist from imposing any candidate on the people. Elders of Eket senatorial district on the first day of the Town Hall meeting. They warned Akpabio not to go ahead with his plans of singling out a candidate from the senatorial district for the people of Eket as they are capable of selecting their own candidate in an open and level playing field.
Former Minister, Essien Nduese had particularly called on all aspirants from Eket to contest in the election and not think that Akpabio was going to select anyone at the detriment of other qualified candidates from the area.
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