The immediate past chairman of the All Progressive Congress, APC, in Enugu State, Dr. Ben Nwoye has expressed sadness over the murder of two chieftains of the party in Enugu last Tuesday.
Nwoye who said he has a different view over comments in some quarters that members of the Indigenous people of Biafra IPOB, may be responsible for the attack and murder of two Chieftains of APC, declared that the killings were politically motivated.
This is even as he advocated the legalisation of arms bearing by citizens in the state, saying government should enact a law allowing people to bear arms since it was becoming clear and obvious that the nation’s security agencies have been overwhelmed with the current insecurity situation in the country.
“I’m totally aligning my self with governor Masari of Kastina State, who is calling for legalisation of arms bearing in the country.
Reacting to Tuesday’s grousome murder of the two APC members, which includes the Assistant State Youth Leader, Comrade Kelvin Ezeoha, and Chidera Ogaba, by yet to be identified armed men, Nwoye said “I’m saddened, and really deeply saddened.”
The Gunmen, had invaded the APC ward 3 meeting at Obeagu, in Enugu South Council area at about 6:30 pm, killing the two party members, as well as abducted Mr. Mike Ogbonna, who claimed to be the party’s local government factional Chairman of the Minister of foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama.
Nwoye, said he was sadenned that the deceased were in the meeting to make peace as directed by the national leadership of the party when they were killed.
He disclosed that Senator Abdulahi Adamu led national reconciliation committee of the party had directed the warring APC leaders in Enugu state to go home and make peace, adding that the meeting which claimed the lives of two party members was convened in the spirit of the reconciliation.
“It was in the spirit of reconciliation and attempt to enthrone peace in Enugu APC that these young men and believers of true democracy lost their lives, paid the supreme price.
“Like I said, I’m deeply saddened, because what happened on Tuesday would not have happened if we had not agreed to sit and down and discuss in other to make peace.
Nwoye, pointed out that the ugly development was as a result of the protracted crisis that has bedeviled the party in the state as a result of the selfish interest of some of its leaders who do not wish the political plartform well.
He insisted that as far as he is concerned, the attack was purely politically motivated, stressing that the meeting took place after people observed the sit-at-home directive by the Indigenous People of Biafra.