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The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has condemned in strong terms, the recent attack on its governorship candidate in Ebonyi State, Prof. Bernard Odoh by thugs suspected to have been sent by a political party.
The Eastern Updates gathered that Prof. Odoh and his campaign team were reported to have been attacked at Izzi – one of the local government areas in the state while on routine electioneering.
In a video that is trending on social media which was obtained by The Eastern Updates, an image of a shattered windscreen of a Toyota SUV was sighted.
Narrating his ordeal to journalists, in Abakaliki, on Thursday, Odoh said the incident signposted ‘war’ on democracy and the people of the state, adding, “if I can’t go to Izzi, it means I’m not qualified to run for the election.”
However, in a statement on Thursday evening in Abuja, signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Tex Okechukwu, the party expressed angst that such a barbaric and wicked attack could be carried out against its candidate who had been known for his gentility and humanness.
The party wondered why anybody would want to harm the Professor of Geophysics who had so far stuck to the Peace Accord signed by political parties as campaigns for 2023 intensified.
It called on security agencies to unleash their dragnets in order to bring to book immediately all those involved in the unfortunate attack.
APGA expressed optimism that despite the attack its candidate would win the 2023 governorship election.
It called on politicians to play politics according to the rules by shunning all kinds of violence, intolerance, and brigandage.
The party commiserated with Prof. Odoh and urged him not to be intimidated or cowed as he trudged along in the struggle to liberate the people of Ebonyi State from backwardness and general insecurity that had been their lot for a long time now.