The All Progressives Congress youth leader in Ikpoba Okha local government area of Edo state was killed yesterday and his body burnt by thugs of the Peoples Democratic Party.
The deceased, Igie Osayande, met his untimely death when thugs led by one Osamede Edorodion, invaded Ward 9, Units 9, 10 and 11 in Obagienevbosa Community, off Sapele Road, in the area.
According to the APC Agent in Ward Unit 11, Mr Sunny Osagiede, the incident was triggered by the arrival of Edorodion in the polling unit with thugs demanding to be accredited long after the accreditation exercise has ended and voting commenced.
He told Vanguard, “Edoordion’s efforts to get accreditation were rebuffed by the Presiding Officer who told him that voting had already commenced. He was then prevailed upon by the policeman on duty at the unit to leave the area.”
Osagiede said the matter took a turn for the worst when the said Edorodion, who is not from the community, received a call later from the PDP and SDP agents in the ward that the PDP was losing. He said, “He returned to the ward after the calls with his boys and scattered the ballot boxes and tore the ballot papers into shreds.
“In an attempt to resist them, the APC youth leader, Igie Osagiede, was attacked by the thugs and clubbed to death. His body was also set ablaze. My Mercedes Benz 190 was damaged and the Youth leader’s Mercedes Benz ML 350 4Matic was set ablaze.”
He also disclosed that the body of the deceased youth leader has been deposited at a morgue.