The burning down of Alhaji Usman Abubakar, also known as Young Alhaji’s home, in Otukpo early this morning may have signaled a hazardous escalation in the All Progressives Congress (APC) conflict in Benue State.
This house A coffin and condolence book were just recently placed in front of a palatial mansion in the affluent reserved area of the town in protest of what some members of the party consider the minister of special duties and intergovernmental affairs, Senator George Akume, to be impunity and mismanagement of the party’s affairs.
Young Alhaji is also rumored to have met with Governor Samuel Ortom while accompanying PDP Deputy Governorship Candidate John Ngbede, a decision that is claimed to have badly harmed Akume and his Benue APC faction.
As of the time this report was filed, the security post and ancillary structures in the forward area of the mansion were on fire, and persons could be seen stoking the blaze.
The casket and registry of condolences up in front of the home to inform people of APC’s passing were also not spared and were seen on fire.
Young Alhaji, a former Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) deputy governorship candidate, and top APC officials in Benue South (Zone C’) have been adamantly opposing what they have repeatedly criticized as Senator Akume’s impunity and mismanagement of the party’s affairs.
These figures include retired general Lawrence Onoja, former Senate President Chief Ameh Ebutte, former Agriculture Minister Chief Audu Ogbe, and a number of others.
Things only recently came to a head when Akume unilaterally chose Barr. Sam Ode, a former minister of state for Niger Delta affairs, as the party’s deputy governorship candidate. Young Alhaji and the other APC leaders in Zone “C” with him rejected this decision as an overreach of impunity.
The arson attack on Young Alhaji’s Otukpo mansion may indicate a risky worsening of the crisis facing the Benue APC, which is already gravely troubled by contentious primaries for the governorship, national, and state assemblies that have left the party embroiled in more than 53 court cases and counting. It might also interest you to read Rufai Oseni of Arise TV Was Given A N70,000 Fine for A Traffic Violation
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