Obinna Odogwu, Abakaliki
The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi State has lamented alleged incessant violent attacks on the members of the party in various parts of the state.
It alleged that the members of the party had become subject of politically-motivated attacks across the state such that the party’s activities were, most times, disrupted at will by political thugs.
In a statement issued to newsmen in Abakaliki, Chairman of the party in the state, Pastor Eze Nwachukwu, alleged that there had been a litany of violence meted to the party faithful in the past seven days.
He stated that the home of the APC Zonal Publicity Secretary, Chris Nnanna Ogba, in Ezzama, Ezza South council, was on the night of February 16, attacked and his aged grandmother injured.
While listing some of the areas where their party members were attacked, Nwachukwu alleged that in Izzi council, many of their members were attacked and some of them killed.
The statement partly read: “There has been a litany of violence against the APC in Ebonyi in the past seven days. In Ebonyi LGA, we were attacked and our rally was disrupted. There was also an attack on Prince Nweze Onu.
“We were attacked at Onicha Local Government Area and it was meant to stop our rally. In Okposi community, there were attacks on APC members just to stop our rally. They came with over 150 thugs,” he said.
Continuing, the APC chairman, Nwachukwu, recalled that on the night of February 12, after their campaign rally in Edda, Afikpo South council, two APC campaign cars were allegedly destroyed in Etiti Edda.
“There were also attacks on an APC member at Ekoli, Edda in the evening of the postponed presidential election and the attacker is a well-known thug linked to other top attacks,” he added.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, ASP Loveth Odah, confirmed that there had been incidences of attacks and counter-attacks among members of different political parties in the state but said that the police were working hard to stop the menace.