By Abdullahi Shuaibu, Lafia.
Majority leader Nasarawa state house of Assembly,Hon. Umar Tanko Tunga and the state Commissioner for local government, Community Development and chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Yusuf Aliyu Turaki were yesterday escaped death during the APC primary election to pick the party’s candidate for October 6th local government election in the area.
According to an eyewitness account, the duo were in Awe local government on that fateful day to ensure that their candidate who is a medical doctor win, to enable them have a saying in the political development of the local government, Immediately they arrived the election venue they were stoned by thugs suspected to be supporters of the immediate past chairman of the Council, Alhaji Muhammadu Dan Akano where they had the glass of their car smashed, and were left with no other option than to leave the election venue back to lafia, after the results of six out of ten wards in Awe local government were announced.
Our correspondent gathered that the results of the six wards which were announced shows that the immediate past chairman of Awe local government Council, Dan Akano was leading, but with a very narrow margin.
The returning officer of Awe local government. Hon. Zanwa Buba gave reason of insecurity and went to Lafia, the state capital to announce the remaining results,a situation which didn’t go well with the supporters of the former chairman,Dan Akano.
The returning officer, Hon. Zanwa Buba could not be reached for his comments, neither the state Commissioner for local government, chieftaincy Affairs and community development, Yusuf Turaki nor house leader, Hon. Umar Tanko Tunga picked their calls,or answered text messages sent to them. At the time of filing in this report, there was tension in Awe local government, and those who spoke to our correspondent called for the immediate cancellation of Awe election and to order for fresh one. State APC chairman,Mr John W. Mamman could not be reached for comments when our correspondent visited his office as he was said to be attending a very crucial meeting with the state executive of the party.