There was pandemonium on Thursday at Upper Sokponba area of Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo State, when youths of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenged their All Progressives Congress (APC) counterparts during a rally.
The incident occurred when Mrs Itohan Ogbeide, a former chieftain of APC, defected to the opposition PDP.
Trouble began when Itohan, who served for two terms as a council chairman, was giving her speech at the party’s local government secretariat.
While speaking, youths loyal to the APC interupted her and demanded payment of alleged debt the defecting council boss owed them.
In reaction, PDP youths confronted their opposing peers.
As the protesting youths ran away, one of them was caught and was beaten up after which he was handed over to the police.
Thisday quoted Itohan as saying: “I know what I am doing. They are disturbed that I am defecting. The are being threatened. You are all witnesses to what I have done.”
Edo State PDP Chairman, Chief Dan Orbih, said no amount of harassment would stop the PDP from winning next year’s election.
Orbih told the defectors to join the PDP in the campaign to demand that people should get their permanent voter cards (PVCs).
He said: “The wind of change is blowing across the country. We are going to vote APC out of power.
“No amount of intimidation, harassment or attack will delay the inevitable change of government in Nigeria.”