By; VITALIS UGOH, Calabar
An unidentified gunmen on Thursday invaded Obudu Local Government Area of Cross River State and caused pandemonium as Hon. Venatius Ikem narrowly escaped assassination.
They alleged gunmen who according to eyewitness account shot sporadically into the venue as thousands of his supporters from the All Progressives’ Congress (APC) fled the venue of his declaration of intent to contest the governorship election in 2019.
The New Nigerian Online gathered that the gunmen were heavily armed to their teeth before they stormed the venue of the occasion around 11am.
The eyewitness said ” I saw them shooting live bullets sporadically into the air. They almost killed Hon.Ikem”.
Those who came to show their solidarity to Hon. Ikem scampered and scrambled for safety, our source added.
Unfortunately, one person was allegedly shot on the leg. As the crowd at the APC Secretariat swells, police were invited and the whole venue was teargase.
Ikem is one of the APC strongman in Obudu and has been perceived as a threat to governor Ben Ayade’s second term bid.
However Hon. Venatius Ikem, escaped the venue unhurt, but his whereabout is yet unknown, our source added.