There was palpable tension in the state capital Enugu on Wednesday evening when the Labor senatorial candidate for Enugu East senatorial district, Oyibo Chukwu, was killed and burnt by men suspected to be political thugs.
Africhome gathered that the attack took place at Amechi Awkunanaw, the country home of the former Senate President, Chief Ken Nnamani and Chief Jim Nwobodo, former Governor of old Anambra state on Wednesday evening while he was returning to Agbani, his country home.
The gunmen also reportedly killed five supporters, who were said to be with him inside his car.
The governorship candidate of the Labour Party, Hon Chijioke Edeoga, has confirmed the unfortunate incident.
According to him, the gunmen shot Chukwu in his vehicle with five other people with him and set the car ablaze. “It is true that our senatorial candidate for Enugu East senatorial district for Saturday’s election has been killed. It is clear that six of them are dead. They (gunmen) shot him with six others with him and set them ablaze.
“Our party members are being targeted for assassination by gunmen believed are working for some candidates that felt their chances in the forthcoming elections are threatened by the rise of Labour Party in the State. So, they are now targeting our members and supporters for assassination,” he said.