BY HEMBADOON ORSAR, makurdi
Hoodlums yesterday attacked the governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the last governorship elections in Benue State, Hon. Terhemen Tarzoor at Yandev, Gboko local government area of Benue State.
Source told our correspondent that the hoodlums came in three buses and invaded an eating joint behind the Aperan Orshi College of Agriculture, Yandev in the afternoon where the governorship candidate and his friends, who are lecturers at the institution were hanging out.
According to the source, several people were injured while supporters of the governorship candidate were said to have smuggled him into a hiding place until the hoodlums left the scene.
When contacted Tarzoor who confirmed the report explained that the incident happened few minutes after he arrived Yandev on the invitation of his friends who are lecturers at College of Agriculture, Yandev.
“The hoodlums were suspected to be thugs of All Progressive Congress, APC, who appeared in three vehicles less than ten minutes after my arrival and unleashed terror on me, my friends and those who were within the vicinity.
“I narrowly escaped from these thugs following the intervention of well meaning individuals who swiftly smuggled me into an undisclosed destination, while the attack lasted the thugs beat up several people, inflicted injuries on many persons and destroyed properties”.
He however called on all his supporters to remain calm and charged elders, political leaders and stakeholders in the state to see themselves as bridge builders and not destroyers.
In his reaction, the state chairman of APC, Hon. Aba Yaro said he was not aware of the attack, claiming that the party has disciplined youths who will not do such a thing,
Yaro added that neither the former governorship candidate nor the opposition Peoples Democratic Party PDP was a threat to APC, stressing, ‘50 Tarzoors can not do anything to us in 2019’.
When contacted, the state police public relations officer, ASP Moses Yamu who confirmed the incidence however said the matter is under investigation.