The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) Peter Obi has condemned the killing of the party’s senatorial candidate for Enugu East Oyibo Chukwu, describing it as “mindless bloodletting.”
Obi tweeted Thursday via his official handle
Gunmen attacked the convoy of Chukwu and his personal assistant on Wednesday with some LP members also murdered during the incident, which took place nearly two days before the polls.
The former Anambra state governor who described the incident as depressing said:
“I strongly condemn the killing of Barr Chukwu in its entirety. Human lives must remain precious, irrespective of political affiliation. The mindless bloodletting that occurs in the nation is beyond depressing. We must not continue to toe this dangerous path.”
“Enough of the killings now is time for healing. I sincerely condole with the bereaved family, the Enugu East Senatorial Zone, and our dear Labour Party family, for this painful loss. I call on law enforcement agents to fish out and bring to book the perpetrators of this crime and ensure that Nigerians freely exercise their civic duties without intimidation.”
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It would be recalled that the party’s women leader in Kaduna State Victoria Chimtex was assassinated last year during an attack. The gunmen raided her home at night and shot at her and her husband.
Meanwhile, the LP candidate for Onuimo Local Government Area Constituency of Imo State Christopher Elehu was also attacked and killed.
The 2023 polls have been marred with killings and other forms of insecurity, one would ordinarily say the polls should just pass for peace to return. With the turnout of events, will peace ever return to the streets of our nation? What is your thought?