The Independent National Electoral Commission’s office is located along Aba Road in Port Harcourt, and earlier PDP members demonstrated in front of it.
The protesters demanded that all political parties jointly examine election materials.
The APC, led by Tonye Cole, its candidate for governor, had announced last Friday that the party would storm the INEC office on Monday to demand the release of Certified True Copies of the documents used for the March 18 governorship election so that the party could begin the election petition tribunal process.
While the PDP protests continued, Cole arrived at the GRA area of Aba Road with the state APC chairman, Emeka Beke, and other party leaders. Cole was on his way to the INEC office when the protesters spotted him, according to our reporter who was on the scene.
The protesters ran in his direction and hurled water sachets and stones at him.
Cole was immediately protected by the security personnel assigned to him and hurried into the car, but the demonstrators kept throwing sachets of water his way.
The Nigerian Army’s 6 Division, the Nigerian Police, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, and other soldiers quickly arrived to disperse the protesters with shots fired into the air.
However, a witness claimed to have allegedly seen one of Cole’s security guards fire the shot that struck one of the protesters as they moved closer to him.
Before being carried and taken to the hospital by friends, the man was lying on the ground bleeding heavily from a gunshot wound to his leg.
The APC supporters there fled for safety as Cole’s security removed him from the area after determining that the PDP supporters outnumbered them.
The battle is currently centred around the GRA Junction in Port Harcourt, which is close to the INEC office.
However, anti-riot police officers, soldiers, and NSCDC officers are demonstrating their force in an effort to stop further unrest.
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