Supporters of the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi were threatened by unknown gunmen. The gunmen attacked members of the party, who were holding a meeting in Awgu Community of Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State.
According to Vanguard the gunmen, numbering about four, unleashed an attack on unsuspecting party faithful at the venue of the meeting, shooting sporadically to disperse the party members.
The attack occurred at about 5:30 pm on Sunday. The chairman of the party in the council area, Ikechukwu Igwebuike, told newsmen that no life was lost in the attack, but he confirmed that some members sustained injuries from the attack.
Thugs loyal to opposition party has attaack @NgLabour Enugu State office destroying seat 💺 and other valuable materials. We call on opposition parties to stop attacking us. They said we have no structure why are u fighting us. Come rain come Sun na Peter Obi we know. pic.twitter.com/5cF8irfsrz— Peter Obi Grassroots Mobilization. (@PO_GrassRoots) September 5, 2022
He said, “They just stormed the venue on three motorcycles and started firing.”
The chairman added that the gunmen shot in the air, and attacked party members with their rifles, before disrupting the meeting. He further stated, “We believe strongly that this is the handiwork of the opposition party,” he said, without mentioning the party. “The windshield of one of our members’ vehicles was shattered.”
Earlier, in a similar occurrence, some members of the party were also attacked by gunmen in Nenwe, a community in Aninri Local Government Area of the state last Wednesday.
The Chairperson of Labour Party in the Local Government in the council area, Benjamin Ajah, confirmed the attack, saying the incident happened at about 2 p.m.
According to Ajah, the meeting was earlier billed to hold at the community secretariat but was moved to a civic centre in the community.
The change of venue, according to him, comes after the administrator of the secretariat, Israel Anih, asked the party members to vacate the complex. Ajah said, “Mr Anih said we should not hold the meeting at the secretariat.”
According to reports, the administrator of the secretariat, Mr Anih, is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
Ajah further narrated, “We just finished arranging the hall and just about saying our opening prayer for the meeting, then the armed men came and pursued us.“They started shooting and we ran,” he said.
Ajah informed that no life was lost to the incident, adding that the incident has been reported to the police.