*Aggrieved Youths Stage Peaceful Protest –
The Benue State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Monday, alleged that the continuous killings of the Agatu people in Benue state by suspected Fulani herdsmen was as a result of the people’s refusal to vote for the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the just concluded Benue South rerun election in the state.
The allegation was made by a delegation led by its chairman, Agbo Emmanuel, when they visited the National Chairman of PDP, Ali Modu Sheriff, at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja to brief him on the state of PDP in Benue State.
He said that the party faced serious challenge following the victory of Senator David Mark in the last re-run.
He said, “Several members of our party were beaten, severely injured and maimed while also having their properties worth millions of naira destroyed.
“It is noteworthy that in spite of these acts of brigandage, the people of Benue South stood their ground and voted massively to elect Senator David Mark as their Senator,” he said.
“Benue had also witnessed massive attacks on several communities in Agatu Local Government Area. This resulted in the loss of hundreds of lives and property worth billions of naira.
“We have reason to believe that this recent attack on the Agatu people was punishment for their resolve to vote overwhelmingly for Sen. Mark.
“Winning rerun election at this time in Benue State is very important to us in PDP because we always say that Benue State is for PDP.
“It is our in-house problem that created what made us to lose election and we are putting our house in order.
“I have promised to talk with everybody to come back to enable us to rebuild the party so that we can work as a team”, he said.
Meanwhile, aggrieved youths of Agatu local government area of Benue State, on Monday, staged a peaceful protest at the national assembly.
A Community member, Aliyu Okpani, who spoke to newsmen, said, “The essence of the protest is to draw the attention of the federal government to our plight in Agatu.”
See more pictures from the protest below: