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Suspected thugs set ablaze Young Alhaji’s mansion in Otukpo

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Following the recent internal crisis in the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benue State, some have assumed had led to the setting ablaze in the early hours of this morning of the residence of a chieftain of the party, Alhaji Usman Abubakar aka Young Alhaji in Otukpo.

It was gathered that the residence,  the palatial mansion which situated in the posh reserved area of the town had recently been visited with unusual condolence register and coffin placed in its front as  mark of protest over what a section of the party considers as impunity and mismanagement of its affairs through the instrumentality of the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Senator George Akume.

Revealed that APC loyalists had also accused Young Alhaji of betraying the party and it’s members, having gone in the company of Deputy Governorship Candidate of the PDP, John Ngbede, to meet with Governor Samuel Ortom, a move said to have hurt Akume and his section of the Benue APC.

Recalls that the forward section of the mansion housing the security post and ancillary buildings were ablaze with people seen battling to put out the inferno.E

Also, the earlier condolence register and casket placed in front of the mansion as harbinger warning of the death of APC were also not spared as they were seen burning.

However stressed that , Young Alhaji, a former Deputy Governorship Candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) together with top leaders of the APC in Benue South (Zone C’) have been stoutly resisting what they have severally decried as impunity and mismanagement of the party’s affairs by Senator Akume.

Those leaders include former Senate President, Chief Ameh Ebutte, former Agriculture Minister, Chief Audu Ogbe, Retired General Lawrence Onoja and a host or others.

The crux of the matters was when Akume unilaterally picked former Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Barr. Sam Ode, as Deputy Governorship Candidate of the party, a move which was rejected by Young Alhaji and the Zone ‘C’ APC leaders , describing it as outright impunity taken too far.

Believing that the arson attack on Young Alhaji’s Otukpo mansion could signal a dangerous escalation of the crisis in Benue APC which is already deeply embattled by controversial Governorship, National and State Assembly primaries which has seen the party enmeshed in over 53 court cases which are still counting.

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