APC governorship candidate in Rivers State, Tonye Cole, has accused the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) of sponsoring thugs that attacked him during a clash between the two parties in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
The incident occurred during an inspection of electoral materials used in the last election in the state.
According to Cole, PDP supporters had barricaded the road leading to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in the GRA junction, smoking Indian hemp and throwing water and food at his party officials.
He said the situation escalated when the attackers began throwing stones at him, resulting in injuries sustained to his back.
The APC candidate claimed that the attack was premeditated, as the PDP had allegedly organised thugs to prevent them from getting to the INEC office.
He also alleged that the attackers fired gunshots during the clash, causing panic and chaos in the area.
Meanwhile, the PDP has denied the allegations, describing them as baseless and unfounded. The party accused the APC of attempting to cause chaos and disrupt the peace in the state.
This article was updated 1 month ago