Fresh trouble over leadership tussle has erupted at the Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State People’s Democratic Party (PDP), leaving its chieftains in exchange of blows.
In shameful act, the party chieftains at Issele-Uku party secretariat of the council area on Tuesday, were literally locked in the web of shouting match that attracted passers-by including opposition All Progressive Congress members to the scene, and soon after, it degenerated into physical exchange of blows.
Although, the Aniocha North PDP Chairman, Prince Egune had described the shameful act as unfortunate and ridiculous, the crisis which led to the fight had refused to give way for peaceful co-existence among the party members.
It was reliably gathered that trouble started when a former APC Chieftain in the area decamped to the party with his teeming supporters.
At the venue to welcome the decampees right inside the Aniocha Council Secretariat, supporters of the lawmaker (names withheld) representing Aniocha North Constituency who were said to have been dissatisfied with the inciting comment allegedly made by the leader of the decampees, one Chief Calistus Nwanwolor in an act of furry took the microphone from the said Nwanwolor, leaving him and his decampee members in utter anger.
Eyewitness said while shouting match between both supporters of the lawmakers and the decampees lasted, dangerous weapons such as broken bottles, sticks rented the air as onlookers scampered for dear lives including Mobile Policemen who maintained neutrality during the unfolding melee. Confirming the incident, the leader of the decampees, Calistus Nwanwolor said: “I was just making my speech when one K.C Ugbolue with his gang members pounced on me, took the microphone from me, they dealt several blows on me, and my supporters responded, Ugbolue is an aide to the lawmaker representing Aniocha North constituency, Mr. Emeka Nwaobi, I have reported the matter to the State Chairman of the party”.
But in a swift reaction, KC Ugbolue dispelled the allegations as untrue, saying that Nwanwolor allegedly made heresy statements during which he was given the opportunity to speak as a leader the decampees.
Sources said there has been palpable fear of the unknown within the party in Aniocha North in the last few months, particularly allegations of leadership tussle, and fetish imbroglio among its members. While the crisis seemed to have been unabated, party supporters feared that 2019 elections might be bloody in the area for “interest group” including ambition of Mr. Emeka Nwaobi to allegedly “Lord it over others.