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Former Edo lawmaker beaten to pulp during PDP ward congress

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A former lawmaker in the Edo State House of Assembly, Slyvanus Erauga, was yesterday beaten to a pulp at South Ibe in Etsako West local government during the ward congress of the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Trouble reportedly started when the youths in the area resisted an attempt by the ex-lawmaker who is not from the ward to install his loyalist as the ward chairman of the area.

Following the development, Eruaga who represented Estako constituency II, in the last Assembly, allegedly injured one of the youths.

Eruaga, after injuring the youth, attempted to escape but was chased by other youths who arrested him and beat him before he was rescued by the police.

The congress held across the 192 wards in the state was marred by violence and shooting in some areas.

In Oredo local government area, gunmen shot to scare PDP members away after a disagreement over a list of consensus ward executives.

In Ward Seven, Oredo local government area, it was gathered that the PDP members waited till 2pm but didn’t see electoral officials.

An aspirant who pleaded anonymity described the congress as a sham and plot by the outgoing chairman Dan Orbih to have his way in installing his successor.