The Buhari Youth Organization (BYO), Cross River State chapter has condemned in strong terms the attack on the campaign team of Hon.Chief Dr. Alex Egbonna in Nko, Yakurr Local Government Area of Cross River State.
The group also wants President Muhammadu Buhari to sack and and prosecute the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Uguru Usani following what it called ” his violent approach to the forthcoming elections where ordered his supporters to disrupt and beat up an APC candidate and his supporters during a campaign to Nko, Usani’s home town in Yakurr Local Government Area of the state.
BYO, in a statement on January 17 by Clementt Asanye, it Coordinator, in Cross Rivers,said ”Dr. Egbonna, the APC Candidate contesting election into the Federal House of Representatives for Abi/Yakurr federal constituency was Thursday beaten up along with supporters by thugs allegedly sponsored by the Minister.
Egbonna who hails from Abi Local Government Area had led his team to Nko for the campaign. His campaign materials including Public Address System,Chairs, Tables, Canopies and a car belong to the State Woman Leader of the party we’re destroyed in the process.
”Usani is from Nko and parades a retinue of boys loyal to him for which he allegedly uses as thugs for election activities.
”On arrival at the town, Dr.Egbonna along with his team were reported to have made straight to meet with the Obol Lopon of Nko with other chiefs for consultation before meeting with a cross section of the Electorate.
”As soon as he left the Monarchs and went for the Town Hall Meeting, they were attacked instantly by the irate youth.
”The Canopies, chairs, tables,musical instruments and public address system kept for the event were all destroyed while Dr. Egbonna and his supporters were roundly beaten up.
‘The irate youth numbered over fifty.
‘They had remarked that they do not welcome any candidate who was not on the side of their principal,Usani during the primaries to campaign in their community.
State Woman Leader of the APC,Hon. Mrs Esther Bepeh whose car was also vandalised in the process of the attack confirmed the incident.
She told Reporters that she was at the event to support Dr.Egbonna but was surprised that the Minister would condescend to playing politics of brigandage.
She alleged that Usani had sponsored his ‘boys’ to unleash mayhem on the unsuspecting party members.
The Minister’s grouse according to sources is his failure to secure the party’s Governorship ticket in the last party primaries in the the state, a situation which has witnessed a number of litigation at his instance.
The BYO in a statement by it’s State Coordinator,Prince Clement Asanye has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to drop Usani as Minister for the unruly act stating that he has become a nuisance which may further affect the outcome of the presidential election in the state.
The organization also urged law enforcement agencies to thoroughly investigate the Thursday attack, apprehend the perpetrators and make them face the full wrath of the law.