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Vote Buying: Enugu Council Chairman, 2 Others Escape Lynching

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The Chairman of Isi-Uzo Local Government Area of Enugu State, Obiora Obeagu, and a female aide, escaped lynching on Saturday by the whiskers by youths from his village as he allegedly attempted to buy votes in his polling unit.

Obeagu and the woman, eyewitness told reporters, allegedly came to the polling unit with money in his car to induce voters to vote for his party, the PDP, before the incident happened.

The Eastern Updates reports that is happening just as security operatives arrested about 30 armed thugs in various parts of the local government during the election.

Narrating what happened to the Council Chairman the eyewitness said: “This morning, the Chairman of Isi-Uzo Local Government Area, Hon. Obeagu came to this Polling Unit and called some people aside and started giving them money to make them vote against Labour Party.

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‘Their intentions were to suppress the votes the LP governorship candidate, Chijioke Edeoga, should get in Isi-Uzo. Thank God for the prompt intervention of the soldiers.

‘He came with a lady and another man. They were telling people to vote for the last logo in the ballot with human beings. This really deceived some villagers.

‘So, the youths around noticed what was going on and chased him away. We also noticed that the lady was doing the same thing. And the youths were beating the lady in black suit and the man.

‘It was the military there that had to save the lady and the man from the beating by the youths who were already angry. They were arrested by the soldiers and made to sit on the floor before the villagers.’

He also said that it took the timely intervention of the soldiers “to save the chairman of Isi-Uzo LGA, Obiora Obeagu from the hands of the irate youths. He was later guided away from the voting centre by the police, who led him out from the centre.”

Asked to react to the development, Obeagu, who avoided reacting, simply told newsmen that he was facing “plenty problems in the area already,” and do not want to speak on the matter.

The Eastern Updates

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