The former national chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Chief Victor Umeh, is behind the violent attack at the Agulu home of Chief Ambrose Afoekelu, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in Anambra State.
Agulu PDP Stakeholders made the claim in a press release made available to Adadareporters in Awka on Thursday. The release was signed by Ambrose Afoekelu, Joe Muonago, Sylvester Okeke and Rita Okoye, and ten others.
The release reads, “That we condemn in its entirety the illegal and violent invasion of one of our leaders (the PDP chairman, Anaocha LGA) in the person of Chief Ambrose Afoekelu at his Agulu residence by paid agents of Senator Victor Umeh disguising as working for H.E. Peter Obi when in reality Victor Umeh is taking the advantage to destabilize PDP in Agulu.
“That we condemn the act of holiganism, harassment and intimidation of some youths and women who were at PDP meeting in our chairman’s house.
“That Mr Jideofor Chiekelue (Ceasar), who has been threatening the lives of PDP members in Agulu community, must be apprehended and prosecuted in order to avert breakdown of law and order, and the consequent bloodshed.
“That the part played by some individuals in invading our chairman’s house with thugs is unacceptable. They include but not limited to the following persons: Mr Tochukwu Obi, Onuorah Onyemaenu (Iko), Jideofor Chiekelue (Ceasar), Ogenna Ikemonu and Damian Imoka (Okwuoto) etc.
“That every political party and their candidates must be allowed to campaign freely in accordance with the Electoral Law without let, hindrance, harassment or intimidation.
“That Mr Onuorah Onyemenu (Iko) who called and threatened to assassinate Chief Edwin Ubboh (chairman, Uche Ekwunife Campaign Organization), Hon Sylvester Okeke, and Hon Joseph Muonago, should be apprehended and made to face the law and also sign undertaken.”
The stakeholders called on the inspector general of police and the Anambra State commissioner of police ‘to immediately investigate the unlawful invasion of Chief Ambrose Afoekelu’s house and ensure that the culprits are brought to justice’.
They also alleged that ‘Mr Onuorah Onyemenu should be held responsible in the event anything happens to Chief Edwin Ubboh, Hon Sylvester Okeke, Joe Muonago and others who he threatened to assassinate’.
Efforts are being made to get the reactions of Chief Victor Umeh on the matter. Umeh is the Labour Party’s senatorial candidate for Anambra Central in the 2023 general elections.