- An aide of a local government chairman in Imo has been reportedly killed
- The deceased aide was killed over altercations arising from the party’s guber primary
- The chairman of Isiala Mbano LGA, Jude Mbachu, confirmed the development in Owerri
One of the aides of the chairman of the Isiala Mbano local government area of Imo state, Chinonso Solomon, was in the early hours of Tuesday, October 2, allegedly murdered by yet-to-be-identified persons suspected to be political thugs during the crisis-ridden governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
Solomon, 28, was reportedly murdered in the presence of his wife in his compound at Amaraku, a community in the Isiala Mbano LGA, The Punch reports.
Quoting multiple sources, the newspaper reports that Solomon was killed by political thugs working for unknown rival politicians he had an altercation with at the polling unit.
NAIJ.com gathers that the chairman of Isiala Mbano LGA, Jude Mbachu, who confirmed the development in Owerri, said that the fleeing thugs used a machete to inflict deep cuts on Solomon.
Mbachu said: “They have killed one of my boys. He was killed in the presence of his wife. He was given deep cuts by suspected political thugs.
“This is barbaric and it should be condemned by all lovers of democracy. I learnt that he had a disagreement with some people during the governorship primary of APC at the polling unit and in the night, thugs came and killed him. It was a horrible death. They murdered him in the presence of his young wife.”
Another source quoted by the newspaper said that after using a machete to inflict deep injuries on the victim, his killers asked him to run before shooting him.
The chairman of APC in Isiala Mbano LGA, Obinna Onuegbu, reportedly said that the party was saddened by the killing of the 28-year-old.
Onuegbu said the remains of the deceased had been deposited in a morgue, adding that the APC in the LGA would continue to preach politics of tolerance.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that the APC had suspended the governorship primaries in Imo state indefinitely following controversy.
Yekini Nabena who is the party's spokesperson announced the suspension on Tuesday, October 2 although the reason for the new development was not provided. He also said the senatorial primaries in all the 36 states of the country had been postponed until October 3.
The governorship ticket is fiercely among Uche Nwosu, an in-law of incumbent Governor Rochas Okorocha, Hope Uzodinma, a serving senator; and current deputy governor, Eze Madumere.
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