By Benjamin Omoike
One person is reported to have been killed as violence erupted at the governorship primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Kogi State on Tuesday.
Unknown gunmen stormed the Confluence Stadium venue of the election in Lokoja and started shooting sporadically, bringing the exercise to an abrupt end. Apart from the one person killed, other people sustainable various degrees of injuries.
Accreditation of delegates and voting had been smooth, and just when the sorting of ballot papers was about to commence at about 1:45am, the hoodlums struck. They started shooting from outside the venue and later got access into the main bowl of the stadium where they continued the shooting.
Delegates, aspirants, journalists and even security operatives had to quickly run away from the scene as the shooting intensified.
Seven aspirants are contesting for the party’s governorship ticket. They include, former Governor, Idris Wada, his younger brother, Musa Wada, son of former Governor Ibrahim Idris, Abubakar Idris, a serving Senator, Dino Melaye, Aminu Abubakar Suleiman, Joe Erico Ameh, and Victor Adoji.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Electoral Committee and Returning Officer for the primary election, Ahmadu Fintiri, said a total of 2, 388 delegates were accredited to vote