The Labour Party, LP, in Imo State has condemned in strong terms the gruesome assassination of its House of Assembly candidate in Ngor Okpala LGA, Mr. Andrew Ugwuezumba, with a clarion call for justice.
State chairman of LP, Sir Chukwuemeka Samuel Osuji made the position of the party known yesterday in an exclusive chat with Nigerian Pilot Sunday in Owerri, the state capital.
Osuji described killing of their chieftain and standard bearer as callous and most atrocious act in recent times insisting that the assassination of Ugwuezumba was politically motivated.
According to him, “Ugwuemba would have won the April 11 state assembly election in Ngor Okpala any day but they killed him to emasculate our party in the area and the state.
“The young man was daily gathering strength in Ngor Okpala and some people scared of his acceptability across the state constituency contrived and executed the wicked act.”
He stated that the party and the bereaved family have formally written to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to notify the authorities about the demise of their candidate.
Osuji urged the police and other security operatives to ensure that the perpetrators of the hideous murder are uncovered and accordingly brought to book stressing that only when justice is done will the party be consoled.
“Police must find the killers of our flag bearer and ensure that justice is done accordingly. What happened must not be swept under the carpet no matter how highly placed the perpetrators may be,” he asserted.
Meanwhile irate youths of Obiangwu Community yesterday staged a protest march and set ablaze a palatial bungalow built by one of the prime suspects reportedly arrested a couple of hours after the incident.
The youths had early as 07:00am stormed home of the suspect whose name was given simply as IK at Umueze Obianguwu in Ngor Okpala destroying anything they could lay hands on before teams of armed policemen and soldiers arrived the scene.

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