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Tragedy: Bandits shot dead four PDP delegates in Niger
.Kantigi emerges party’s flagbearer
By Valentine Amanze
Armed bandits have shot dead four delegates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who were returning to Mariga in Mariga Local Government Area of Niger State after the aborted gubernatorial primaries of the party in Minna, Niger State.
The Chairman of the Electoral Committee and Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, who confirmed the incident, which occurred on Thursday, described it as ‘‘very tragic”.
The delegates were asked to bring their means of identification for the purpose of authentication expected to tarry with their names as indicated on the original copies, while coming for the Thursday’s primaries.
Those who lost their lives during the armed bandits’ attack, according to Ewhrudjakpo, were substituted to complete the number of delegates from Mariga Local Government Area.
One of the delegates from Mariga, Malam Shehu Haruna, who expressed gratitude to God for narrowly escaping the attack, narrated that the incident occurred as they were travelling along Mariga-Tegina road and four people lost their lives.
Haruna said, “We left Minna late after the Governorship primaries to Thursday, after they told us that we should go and bring our voter’s card or any other means of identification and that was when they attacked us.
“We were on our way back to Mariga to get our means of identification and on the road we ran into the armed bandits who opened fire on the vehicle we were travelling on. We were able to escape since the driver was not hit, but, four people died instantly.
“Mariga Local Government Area shares border with Birnin-Gwari, a notorious spot for armed bandits in Kaduna State terrorising citizens regularly”, Haruna hinted and suggested that security outpost be established in the area to stem further attacks.
Meanwhile, the former Niger State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in the immediate past government, Alhaji Isah Ladan Kantigi, has emerged PDP flagbearer for next year’s governorship polls.
Kantigi polled a total of 667 votes, Sani Kutigi came distance second with 114 votes. Alhaji Isa Jankara came third, with 21 votes, while the former Minister of Sports, Ahmed Gimba, got only three votes leaving the other opponent, Sidi Abdul, with no vote.
Three votes were voided.