Gunmen suspected of being political thugs assassinated a Young Progressives Party (YYP) ward chairman in Anambra State.
Joe Mohale, the ward chairman of Nanka Ward 1 in Orumba North Local Government Area, was assassinated on Saturday evening, shortly after hosting the member representing Orumba North and South Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon Chinwe Nnabuife.
The incident occurred prior of the rerun election in the area between the YPP candidate, Nnabuife, and the flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party, Okwudili Ezenwankwo.
Mohale, a prominent YPP member, had met with Nnabuife and promised to mobilise support for her triumph over Ezenwankwo, who is from the area.
Mohale, on the other hand, was shot soon after the meeting.
According to a source, his death was not unrelated to politics, as a rival political party had urged residents of the region not to welcome Nnabuife.
Nnabuife, a YPP candidate in the previous election, won the election and was sworn in as the constituency’s representative in the House of Representatives.
However, the electoral petition tribunal ordered a rerun in 16 polling units in Nanka Ward one, where her competitor, Nwankwo, is from, and the judgement was affirmed by the Court of Appeal, prompting both parties to begin preparations for the rerun.
Meanwhile, the Young Progressives Party, or YPP, has resumed operations following the assassination of one of its members.
Nnabuife, who took over as leader of the party in the South East after Senator Ifeanyi Ubah defected, said the tragedy has put the party into sorrow.
She blamed her political opponent for the event.
“We have been thrown into mourning. This is the handwork of those who we are up against. Though INEC has not fixed the date, but there will be a rerun between me and Ezenwankwo of PDP.
“Mohale was a strong supporter of our party and we will not stop at anything to ensure that his death is not in vain. People do everything to bully us out of the race, but as woman who is determined to help her people through effective legislation, we are not detered by the number of thugs they send after us,” Nnabuife lamented.
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