Labour Minister, Ngige Escapes Assassination, APC Indicts APGA, PDP [Update]
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige reportedly escaped death by the whiskers over the weekend when some hoodlums attacked him in his home town, Alor in Anambra State.
The would-be assassins were, however, apprehended according to our source.
It was gathered that Dr. Ngige came home during the weekend for the Presidential/National Assembly elections which was eventually postponed by the Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC].
The suspects, meanwhile, have been transferred from Alor community to the State CID in Awka for further interrogation.
Reacting to the incident, the All Progressives Congress [APC], Anambra State Chapter has fingered the two other major parties in Anambra State, the People’s Democratic Party [PDP] and the All Progressives Grand Alliance [APGA] in the act.
APC stated this in a statement made by the Zonal Publicity Secretary, Mr. Igboeli Arinze.
Mr. Arinze said that APGA, PDP are the sponsors of the attempt on the life of its leader and the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Nwabueze Ngige.
He described the attack as barbaric and heinous in nature, berated certain elements in the PDP and APGA who he fingered as responsible for the attack owing to their fears of the minister’s strong influence in the forthcoming elections.
His words: “We were shocked, when news streamed to us about the attack on the home of the leader of the APC in Anambra and the Minister for Labor and Employment, Senator Dr. Chris Nwabueze Ngige.
“Such news should be seen as a setback to the climate of peace that has reigned in Anambra’s politics, and we the members of the APC in Anambra Central together with the good loving people of Ndi Anambra jointly condemn such an attempt which is heinous as well as barbaric.
“We however ask the question, why Senator Ngige? What should warrant an attack on his home and perhaps his life? This is a man who eschews violence as a requirement in politics.
“Could it be that certain elements in the aforementioned parties that are struggling for relevance in Anambra State are seeing Ngige as a threat to achieving their ambitions?
“We must note that Anambra Central which is Ngige’s senatorial zone, has the largest number of votes in the state, perhaps it seems that these people feel threatened by the minister’s presence in the zone, did instigate this attack.”
Arinze, therefore, called on the security agencies to immediately commence investigation into the matter, while urging party members to remain calm and focused on the forthcoming presidential and National Assembly polls.