PANDEMONUIM broke out at the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, secretariat in Ughelli North Local Government Area, Delta State, following a protest over the list of the party executives in Uwheru and Agbarho wards.
The state Commissioner for Secondary and Basic Education, Professor Partrick Muoboghare, was stabbed by aggrieved party youths from Uwheru, his home town, who accused him of manipulating the list of ward congresses held last year. Several other party members were injured in the fracas.
The aggrieved youths, who stormed the party secretariat in large numbers, disrupted the inauguration ceremony for hours, as party leaders and political office holders in the area ran for safety. The youths destroyed plastic chairs and other property belonging to the party.
According to a source, Professor Muoboghare was stabbed on his upper arm and abdomen. He was rushed to Ufor Hospital, Ughelli and later referred to Oghara Teaching Hospital for medical attention.
The source, who is close to the commissioner, said Muoboghare was receiving medical attention, adding that “he was stabbed by our Uwheru boys, who are opposed to the ward list.”
Pleading anonymity, the source said that the commissioner was placed on oxygen, Saturday, due to excessive bleeding, which led to shortage of blood, adding that one of the suspects was intercepted by them and handed over to the Police in Ughelli.
At press time, efforts were still being made to reach the Ughelli ‘A’ Divisional Police Officer for comment. However, a senior police officer attached to the division confirmed the arrest, saying “it took the combined intervention of the police and Joint Task Force, JTF soldiers to restore normalcy after the ugly incident.
“The police is investigating the matter. One person in our custody has made useful confessions. I can assure you that we will get other members of the gang and they will all be made to face the law. Nobody is above the law.”