In the early hours of Saturday, the day for the gubernatorial and houses of assembly elections, the news came in that the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi state, Mr Emeka Nworie ,was shot dead by gunmen in his residence at Ezzagu in the council area. This is not really good news for our democracy. I believe this happens because of the do or die mentality of some politicians in Nigeria. Really sad. When will we outgrow this “medieval” way of doing politics.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, Chris Anyanwu, said that the assailants had approach the victim’s wife and demanded for money before shooting the husband.
The body has been deposited at undisclosed mortuary.
Also, another person in Ikwo local government Mike Ojon, was reported to have been killed by people suspected to be members of the opposition party.
Ojon was killed on Friday night at his Ikwo residence.
Meanwhile, electoral materials arrived polling booths as earlier as 8a.m with people already queuing patiently for accreditation.
Harping on the development, the PDP deputy governorship candidate, Barrister Kelechi Igwe said they were not happy that the election was not peaceful considering the peaceful conduct of the presidential election.
He expressed dismay that even before accreditation, the opposition Labour Party in the state had started “shooting and killing just to scare PDP members away”.
Igwe said: “In Ishielu local government area, the PDP chairman was shot dead. In Ikwo LGA, my strong supporter was shot dead on Friday by hoodlums working for Labour Party”.
The candidate urged the people to remain calm and desist from any violent activity because if PDP chooses to retaliate, the whole state would burst into flames.