Abia: LG Chairman, Senator accuse each other of assassination attempts
The Transition Committee Chairman of Isiala Ngwa North Local Government Area of Abia State, Chief Ginger Onwusibe has denied reports that he and his convoy attacked the senator representing Abia Central Senatorial district, Senator Nkechi Justina Nwaogu at Uratta junction on the Enugu-Port Harcourt.
Responding to the allegation by the senator that he ordered his entourage to attack her, the council boss accused Nwaogu of being economical with the truth over the incident.
He alleged that the policemen in the senator’s convoy fired shot at his convoy and attempted to abduct him.
In his account of the incident, Onwusibe said it was the senator who ordered the policemen in her convoy to attack him and his entourage, which included the member representing Isiala Ngwa North in the state Assembly, Hon. Martin Azubuike and other chieftains of the party of the council, who were returning from a tour of wards in the area.
The statement reads in part: “Senator Nkechi Nwaogu is not telling the truth about the incident which she ordered policemen in her convoy to fire at us. If there was an assassination attempt, let her show you people where she was shot or the bullet holes in her vehicle. We only escaped their bullets by the grace of God.
“The truth is that for a month now, we have been on a tour of the ten wards in the LGA. After the tour, which was the 8th one, on our way to the residence of a party official, who invited us to a reception, we joined the Expressway from the lane of motorists coming from the Umuahia end to get to the other lane. As soon as the more than 30 cars in the convoy joined the road median to get to the other lane, we saw a long convoy with a siren coming at a top speed.
“I saw Senator Nkechi Nwaogu giving orders to her security people, ‘That is the stupid Ginger boy, shoot him, shoot him.’ Policemen and the SSS people in her convoy started shooting. Two policemen came down and started beating three of my supporters who were on motorcycles. When they saw my official car, two policemen started dragging the door to my car, where I sat with my wife but I resisted them.
“All through the incident, Senator Nkechi Nwaogu was still shouting to the policemen, ‘deal with, deal with him’. Even when the member representing Isiala Ngwa North in the House of Assembly, Hon. Martin Azubuike identified himself as a member of the House, they refused to listen and even threatened to shoot him”.
Onwusibe further alleged that the senator had continued to attack him and others who have declared support for the decision of the party to zone the 2015 governorship seat to Abia South zone, which clearly excludes the senator who hails from Osisioma Ngwa council in Abia Central zone.
“Since the party and the governor made that statement on zoning, Senator Nkechi Nwaogu has been bitter with anyone who supports the decision. She has also attacked the governor, but would deny it when confronted. We have been very bold supporting the decision of the party. This is why she has continued to attack me and ordered her convoy to shoot at us”, he alleged.
Senator Nwaogu, who addressed journalists in her residence in Aba, had stated that Onwusibe and hoodlums in his convoy attempted to assassinate her.
She alleged that Onwusibe’s convoy blocked her entourage as she was returning to Aba after she paid homage to Eze Bernard Enweremadu in Isiala Ngwa North LGA, whose community held their annual new yam festival.
According to her, “We were coming back from an event along the Enugu/Port Harcourt Expressway and on getting to Uratta/Amaekpu junction in Isiala Ngwa North Local Government, a car blocked us right at the middle of the Expressway. We went to Umuahia to attend a ceremony and on our way coming back, we went to His Majesty (Eze) Bernard Enweremmadu’s palace for his new yam festival.
“After the event, we were heading back to Aba; at the Expressway, we saw a car blocking the expressway and this was at about 6.45 pm. It was not the first time this boy (Mr. Onwusibe) has tried to embarrass me; it was an attempted assassination. If not for the policemen that I was given, it was a clear attempt to assassinate me. I thank God that nothing happened to me and to any of the people who were with me”.
Senator Nwaogu, who accused the council boss of employing every means to stop her from contesting for governor, stated that she won’t drop her gubernatorial ambition.
Continuing, she said : “I have sent a text message to Governor Theodore Orji and he promised to look into the incident. I have also reported the matter to the Director, SSS of this country and also to the police but I have not been able to reach the State Commissioner of Police because at the time of the incident and till now, his line has not been available. But if and when I get him, I would talk to him”.
On whether she had any quarrel with the council boss, Senator Nwaogu said “My only offence was that this boy asked for money and I refused. Sometime ago, he asked that I should give him N20 million that he would use it to create a good impression before the governor of the state on my behalf, which I refused to.
Confronted with the allegation, Onwusibe accused Senator Nwaogu of being a liar and charged her to produce any evidence of the demand of such money from her.
“He told you people that I have been disturbing her for money. This is nonsense. If she can produce any evidence on this or even text message or phone records, I will resign my position as the chairman of the council”, he said.
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