The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Esit Eket have condemned the highjacking of materials and banditry by allegedly hired hoodlums.
The PDP leadership has also expressed displeasure over the violent assault that have resulted in the severe injuries sustained by innocent voters, including the Ward chairman of the party, Hon. Owoidoho Ukeme Ekpo.
The said Owoidoho Ekpo is critically wounded and is currently receiving treatment in a certain hospital in Eket,
The party also call on the security agencies to swiftly investigate and arrest those involved in the dastardly act.
Speaking with our reporter at the Ward collation center in Ntak Inyang, the Chapter Chairman of the PDP in Esit Eket, Elder Eddy Etangkanga, said he was so shocked that a simple election involving brothers could be turned into a battle of Waterloo.
He said his party was cruising home to victory, having consulted and campaigned accross the local government area.
“We are so dismayed that the armed thugs came and carted away materials meant for Ward 11 and abducted the electoral officials into unknown locations.’
“I was surprised when my attention was drawn to a purported trending vidoes on the social media space alleging that the Councillorship Candidate of National Rescue Mission (NRM) won the Councillorship election in Ward 11, even when there is no existence of such party in our local government area.
Explaining further, Etangkanga said the series of militantcy displayal by some deadly masked hired thugs allegedly brought into the LGA by the NRM councillorship candidate was clear breach of the law and warrants apprehension of all those involved.
“It was at the mercy of God that I was able to escape from being lynched by those hired thugs who invaded the Local government AKISIEC office in Uquo.
He maintained that those thugs after their illegal actions forcefully ordered the declaration of Victor Essang, against the wishes of the people.
Speaking also, a former federal house member, Barr. Bassey Dan Abia jnr, admitted that there was no election across the entire units in Ward eleven.
“They wanted to maim me. They laid ambushed along Uquo, the council headquarters and mounted spies to monitor my movement and activities in order to murder me that yesterday, Saturday 31,2020.
The Councillor representing ward Eleven, Hon. Collins Jimmy, said there was serious violence, sounds of gunshots which commenced a night to the elections before the attack by hoodlums during the elections.
He called on the electoral umpire for a proper and fresh election under strict security enforcement to enable the people exercise their franchise.