6th February, 2023
By Ehigimetor Igbaugba
Controversies are trailing a seeming coordinated attack on the homes of some Peoples Democratic Party, PDP chieftains in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River State early Monday morning.
Though no life was lost in the attack, the hoodlums believed to be political thugs vandalised vehicles and property of the PDP chieftains in the attack was said to have taken place between 2:30 a.m. and 3 a.m.
According to NAN, The PDP chieftains who were targeted in the attack include the State Organising Secretary, Mr Nsa Ekeng, Atimbo West Chairman, and Elder Effiom Ekpo.
News Agency reported that every vehicle in each of the houses were vandalised while the windows were also shattered.
The attackers also broke into the houses of the PDP where they looted different items.
But the State Commissioner of Police, Sule Balarabe, said he was yet to be briefed on the attack.
However, the PDP chieftains are blaming political thugs allegedly loyal to the Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Joseph Bassey, for the attacks.
Elder Ekpo, who confirmed that the attack took place between 2:30 a.m. and 3 a.m. said the hoodlums were shouting APC all through the attack.
“This attack was a fallout of the meeting the Deputy Speaker held in the community on Sunday evening and some of these boys were attendees in that meeting.
“In fact, during the attack, they were shouting that no PDP person will be allowed to vote during the elections and that they will come out with arms on election days to enforce it, “Ekpo said.
But the Deputy Speaker disowned the attackers, saying at no time did he send anybody to carry out anything of such.
Bassey who is the APC House of Representatives candidate for Calabar South/Akpabuyo/Bakassi Federal Constituency, noted that he had always played by the rule in politics.
“I am not from Akpabuyo nor do I have boys there, I only go to Akpabuyo whenever I am invited and it was such invitation I honoured on Sunday to inaugurate my campaign office in the area.
“Those alleging me responsible for the attack have nothing to say. I am against violence and thuggery in politics,” he stated.