APC membership registration: Hoodlums kill party chairman in Benue
The lingering crisis in the All Progressives Congress in Benue State turned bloody on Sunday as the party’s caretaker chairman in Gboko South Local Government Area ward, Tersoo Ahu, was killed.
The Punch reliably gathered that Ahu was killed by some hoodlums when he went to assess preparations towards the registration in Gboko
The exercise is scheduled to commence on Tuesday.
A party source, who was at the scene of the incident but spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution, said, “While the training was ongoing at a hotel (name withheld) at GRA, Gboko, a group of people stormed the venue and demanded to know how the adhoc staff were selected.
“The development led to a heated argument and a confrontation that degenerated into a free for all which invariably resulted to the death of the ward chairman.”
Another party source, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said, “The future is not so bright for the party if issues including arbitrary and unconstitutional suspension of members, and scheming some foundation members are allowed to continue.
“Some leaders are running the party like a cult group while members are expected to follow sheepishly.”
Confirming the incident, the state APC Caretaker Publicity Secretary, James Orgunga, said, “Yes, the Gboko South ward council chairman, Tersoo Ahu, was killed. They were around for the training for the forthcoming registration and then, some people just came and hacked him (Ahu) down and he died, that is the information I have for now.”
Earlier, our correspondent gathered that there were several unresolved issues in some local government chapters of the party before this time. Some of the affected local government areas include, Gboko, Ushongo, Guma and Konshisha.
A response to text messages sent to him on the issue were still being expected as of the time of filing this report.
In Enugu, the state caretaker party chairman, Ben Nwoye assured the members that the exercise would hold as scheduled on Tuesday. According to him, the training of registration officers was ongoing.
Nwoye said, “The delay is to ensure that logistics were put in place before the exercise kicks in.”