Story culled from George Odok’s Facebook wall.
The former People’s Democratic Party (PDP) National Publicity Secretary, Barr Venatus Ikem has revealed how he was attacked by thugs and some appointees of government in Transcorp hotel in Calabar.
Briefing newsmen in Calabar, Ikem alleged that he went to inquire from the Election panel at Transcorp Hotel when he was attacked by the Director General of Due Process and Price Intelligence Agency, Alphonsus Eba and thugs descended on him.
His words: “After the congress at the state Secretariat, while waiting to hear the outcome, i decided to see the electoral committee at Transcorp Metropolitan hotel to know our stands, if my team and i have been cleared by them or not.
“When i enterd the room, the people i met there became apprehensive, i saw clearance certificates and bags of “Ghana must go” which i couldnt ascertain their contents.
“I saw the Chief of Staff to Gov. Ayade, Mr Martins Orim and DG, Due process, Alphonsus Eba as well as Special Adviser to Gov. Ayade on Presidency and National Assembly matters, Amina Arong.
“Eba who is also a Chairmanship aspirant ordered me to leave the room but i refused, my reason being that since he (my opponent) was in the same room with the committee members i had every right to be there also.
“Unfortunately, Eba punched on me and slapped me severally before calling in his assistant who bundled me out of the room. They attacked me and dragged me out of the room to the lift then to the lobby of the hotel.
“When they dragged me to the lobby the “boys” apparently his supporters and thugs also pounced on me, it took the intervention of the Manager of the hotel before i had a chance to escape and went to the Commissioner of police to lodge my complaint and petition,” Ikem bemoaned.
When contacted, the Special Adviser, Presidency and NASS Matters to Gov. Ayade, Amina Arong, who was present at the scene told newsmen that she was in transcorp hotels room 507 while the Electoral Committee members were in room 508.
“I was waiting for them to complete their reports so we could proceed to the airport, i was in room 507 with the Chief of Staff to the Governor who was receiving a call. Suddenly, we heard someone shouting at the committee members in room 508.
“I didn’t know who it was until suddenly Barr Venatius Ikem busted out of room 508 into room 507 where i was sitted and came straight to me and was shouting at me” Amina you are here, are you a committee member?
“He then slapped me, my phone fell then he grabbed me by the neck and was strangulating me; i was gasping for air and getting unconscious, so other members of the committee rushed in to rescue me and he began to fight them.
“One of the committee members had a dislocated finger while the other had a cut on his hand. It took the intervention of Mr John Chukwudi to get Barr. Venatius hands off me. Just then, Barr. Alphonsus was notified and he rushed in to rescue me and Barr.Venatius punched on him,” she said.
Meanwhile the congresses has been cancelled indefinitely without any announcement on a new date.