The country home of a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Esan Central local government of Edo state, Theophilus Okoh has been burnt by suspected party thugs said to be loyal to a leader of another faction of the party
Western Post learnt that the incident may not be unconnected with the fallout of last Tuesday’s Ward Congress election held across the state.
A group said to be led by Okoh came out top in the results announced which was believed to anger the opposing group.
The former senatorial aspirant, Okoh believed to have wide support from the grassroots and whose influence across the Edo Central Senatorial district was out of Ibore, Esan Central Local Government Area when the incident occurred Tuesday night.
The thugs allegedly sponsored by a former PDP big wing, a leader of the Edo Solidarity Movement in Edo Central, stormed the residential home of the APC Chieftain at about 2.30 am in white Hilux Bus and a Jeep.
Speaking with newsmen an eye witness, Ololo Okoeki, who described the party congress in the ward as a hitch free exercise, noted he had earlier received threatening phone calls a few minute before the incident.
He said sighted two vehicles at about 2.am racing down to the senatorial hopeful’s residence adding that no sooner had he seen the vehicles than he got a call that the building has been set ablaze
Okoeki said little do they know that one Abudu Ugbesia, a loyalist to the former PDP Chieftain who had earlier invaded the congress venue with thugs and weapons loaded in about 10 vehicles had another plan when they were resisted by the people from disrupting the venue.
However, responding, Theophilus said: “Those that said they can achieve any thing by violence, let’s see how far they can go’’
The APC had in 2011 election, lost the Edo Central Senatorial District seat to PDP, for what many blamed on the party fielding a ‘wrong candidate’.