The All Progressives Congress has suspended its governorship primary , following an outbreak of violence.
This was made known via a Facebook post by the Special Assistnat Public Communications & New Media at Ekiti State Government of Nigeria , Mr . Lere Olayinka.
Our correspondent had reported earlier that some persons suspected to be thugs had invaded the venue of the primary , where they smashed a ballot box on the ground , scattering the contents .
It was gathered that the attack caught the policemen at the venue by surprise.
Violent protest reportedly broke out at Oluyemo Kayode Stadium in Ado Ekiti , venue of the primary .
Trouble started when agents of some of the aspirants complained that the electoral process was being manipulated.
Some thugs responded with attacks on the ballot boxes , smashing them to the ground and emptying the ballot cards .
The security agencies , who were caught unawares , had a difficult time bringing the situation under control.
The News Agency of Nigeria quoted the Director General of the Babafemi Ojudu Campaign Organisation , Ranti Adebisi , as saying that “ the election was compromised . ”
“ It was not immediately clear if the primary election would still go on , as security agents were sighted trying to restore order at the stadium, ” NAN said .
Governor Tanko Almakura of Nasarawa State , who is leading the team conducting the primary election , had earlier told NAN that the initial rains would not stop the exercise .
He had stressed the readiness of his team to provide a level playing ground for all the 33 aspirants participating in the primary .
As at the time of filing this report, voting , which started at about 4 :30 pm , has been suspended till further notice .
The News Agency of Nigeria quoted the National Leader of the party , Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, as saying up to 33 candidates are contesting in the governorship primary , out of which one individual will emerge as the APC flag bearer in the governorship election coming up in July .
Ekiti State is currently being ruled by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party .