BREAKING: Tensions rise as PDP and APC supporters clash in Rivers

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When supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress clashed in Port Harcourt on Monday, one individual was injured by a stray bullet.

Earlier, some PDP members demonstrated in front of the Independent National Electoral Commission’s headquarters on Aba Road in Port Harcourt.

Protesters asked that all political parties jointly inspect election materials.

Last Friday, the APC announced that it would storm the INEC office on Monday to demand the release of Certified True Copies of documents used in the March 18 governorship poll.

According to a Punch reporter on the scene, while the PDP protests raged, Cole, along with the state APC Chairman, Emeka Beke, and other party officials, arrived at the GRA area of Aba Road and was on his way to the INEC office when the demonstrators spotted him.

Protesting youths rushed towards him, hurling stones and water sachets at him.

The security personnel assigned to Cole quickly shielded him and whisked him into the vehicle, but the protestors continued to pelt him with sachet water.

Within minutes, soldiers from Nigeria’s 6 Division, Nigeria Police, and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps came and fired into the air to disperse the protesters.

However, an eyewitness informed our correspondent that one of Cole’s security guards fired the shot that struck one of the protesters who was approaching him.

The man bled profusely on the floor as a result of a gunshot wound to his leg before being carried and taken to the hospital by companions.

Cole’s security team whisked him away from the scene, sensing that the PDP fans outnumbered the APC supporters.

As of the time of filing this story, the battle was centered on the GRA Junction near the INEC office in Port Harcourt.

However, anti-riot police, soldiers, and NSCDC officials are putting on a show of force in order to prevent further unrest.

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