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Man Burnt Alive During PDP Abia Primaries

A man identified as Onyemaechi was burnt alive during an outbreak of violence at the primary election of the People’s Democratic Party in Abia state. Police have not given the details leading to his unfortunate death.

According to Ogbonnaya Nta, spokesman of the Abia state police command, the deceased was a member of staff of Isialangwa north local government, venue of the election.  A witness said trouble broke out when some delegates rejected the list presented by officials who were to conduct the exercise.

He said the delegates threatened to disrupt the exercise on the grounds that the list was “doctored” to favour a particular aspirant.

The witness said in the midst of the crisis, that somebody sneaked into the chairman’s office with a jerrycan of petrol and set the place ablaze. “The intention was to burn the disputed list.”

The primary, which were organised to elect the party’s flag bearers for the December 17 local government election in the state, was stalemated in most of the 17 council areas due to violence.

There were also allegations of attempts by some powerful politicians to impose their “anointed’’ candidates.

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