Tension in Edo as APC, PDP supporters clash

The violence erupted in Edo state ahead of the governorship election scheduled for September 10 but later shifted for two weeks, the Vanguard reports.

Supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were supposed to have taken over the streets in Okugbe, Okpella, Estako East local government area, clashing with supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The source said that the security at the divisional police post in Okpella have been stunned by the youths who may have possibly gone out of control, destroying cars and other property belonging to supporters of APC.

According to the source, the youth came out in their numbers to forcefully break out some political thugs arrested by the police from the cell.

The crisis may be connected to the Thursday’s shift of Edo state governorship poll by the main electoral body.

The postponement came as security services and Nigeria Police Force have on September 7, Wednesday, advised the INEC to shift the governorship election, quoiting security concerns as the reason for the request.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari, who visited the state for the APC final mega rally on September 6, Tuesday, has congratulated Godwin Obaseki, the Edo APC governorship candidate in advance.