There was palpable tension in Aqwatashi town of Obi local government area of Nasarawa state, following a political clash between the supporters of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and that of the People Democratic Party, PDP, that resulted in the firing of gunshots at each other.
However, our correspondent gathered that normalcy has since been restored in the area following the intervention of the military and police officers attached to the Obi local government division.
Although no casualty was recorded, our correspondent observed that gunshot has damaged the vehicle conveying the chairman of Obi local government area of the state.
Narrating, the Obi local government chairman, Mohammed Iyimoga, explained that the APC gubernatorial campaign train ran into the PDP youths who barricaded the road along Aqwatashi and fired several gunshots at their convoy.
“We were coming from campaign in Adudu, a town close to Aqwatashi all of Obi local government area, when we were attacked by PDP youths who blocked the road and fire guns at us. Our vehicles were damaged too.
“I have reported the matter to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Obi local government area for proper investigation of the matter,” Mr Iyimoga said.
However, an eyewitness told DAILY NIGERIAN that the clash started when the PDP campaign train arrived the Palace of the Chief of Aqwatashi and one of their vehicles ran into a waiting vehicle belonging to the APC convoy waiting for the arrival of his party’s campaign train.
He said, although the matter was resolved before the arrival of the APC campaign train, the incident, however, escalated when the PDP convoy was on their way out of the palace.
According to him, it took the intervention of the military and police officers attached to the Obi local government division to control the fracas.
“Although the APC went ahead with their campaign visit to the Chief’s Palace, gunshots and stones were rained at their supporters from different directions and gunshots.
“The APC campaign train was later escorted out of the town by military officers,” said an eyewitness who didn’t want his identity disclosed.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that Aqwatashi is the country home of Senator Suleiman Adokwe of PDP who was defeated by Governor Umaru Al-makura in the just-concluded National Assembly elections.
As Governorship and State Assembly elections campaign is drawing to a close tomorrow (Thursday), such clashes are likely bound to occur.