Gunmen killed LP senatorial candidate, six others; PDP reps candidate escapes death in Enugu
The senatorial candidate of the Labour Party for Enugu East senatorial district, Oyibo Chukwu has been killed by unknown gunmen and burnt.
Newsflash Nigeria gathered that the gunmen also killed five supporters who were with him inside his car.
The incident happened at Amechi Awkunanaw, Enugu South Local Government Area on Wednesday evening.
The governorship candidate of the Labour Party, Chijioke Edeoga, who confirmed the incident to Punch, said that the gunmen shot him inside his vehicle with five other people with him and set the car ablaze.
Edeoga further stated that their party members are being targeted for assassination by their opposition ahead of the 2023 general elections.
He noted that the political parties feel threatened by the presence of the Labour Party in the state.
According to Edeoga, the opposition parties are scared that they might lose the Saturday election.
He said, “It is true that our senatorial candidate for Enugu East senatorial district for Saturday’s election has been killed. They (gunmen) shot him and five others and set them ablaze.
“Our party members are being targeted for assassination by political parties that felt threatened by the rise of the Labour Party in the state and are afraid they may lose Saturday’s election.”
Also, the campaign convoy of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Enugu North/South Federal Constituency, Oforchukwu Egbo was attacked on Wednesday.
Newsflash Nigeria understands that the armed men allegedly killed one of the drivers of a bus in the convoy during the attack.
It was gathered that the attack happened at Eke-Otu in Amechi Awkunanaw, Enugu South Local Government Area of the state.
Though the news of the incident is yet to be confirmed by the police authorities, this platform learned that the corpse of the dead driver was burnt with one of the buses in the convoy.