Enugu – Gunmen on Saturday attacked a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) local government chairmanship aspirant in Enugu State, Mr Chineme Onyeke.
Onyeke, an aspirant for Nsukka local government area chairmanship seat, was attacked at about 2 pm in Ehalunoma town, within the Nsukka council area.
He was in the company of his personal assistant, Mr Uche Ozioko when the gunmen struck.
Mr Ozioko narrowly escaped but his boss has not been seen as at the time this report was filed on Saturday evening.
Onyeke’s terrified aide who spoke with our correspondent from the police station said they came out of Ehalumona Parish House and were heading to Opi Junction in a RAV4 jeep when he noticed a black coloured Peugeot car with tinted glass was following them.
He said they were heading to Opi and dropped on the way to great a member of the House of Representatives, Hon Pat Asadu at Ehalumona.
Ozioko who was driving the RAV4 said as soon as they continued their journey, the Peugeot 406 car started accelerating towards them and he increased the speed of their vehicle.
“I was telling my boss that I was suspicious of the intention of those in the Peugeot car but he said there was nothing to be afraid of as he had no issue with anybody.
“But suddenly, they double-crossed us and started shooting. I opened my door and dashed into the bush and Chineme also opened his door and ran into the bush. I noticed the gunmen chasing after him. By God’s grace I escaped and found my way to the police station at Umuabor Ehalumona from where I am speaking with you,” Ozioko said.
He said there was no information about the whereabouts of his boss yet.
According to reports, Onyeke recently complained to his lawyer, Mr Godwin Onwusi, that he has been receiving threats over his political ambition.
Onwusi confirmed this information when contacted by Independent.
The latest incident has added to the violence trailing the primaries of PDP for the February 29 local government elections in Enugu State.
The PDP Secretariat in Nsukka town was set ablaze on Friday night.
The arson attack on the party office was believed to be the handiwork of aggrieved aspirants who were not happy over alleged hijack of the primaries by party leadership to favour a preferred chairmanship aspirant.