Mr. Oyibo Chukwu, the Labour Party’s senatorial candidate for the Enugu East Senatorial District, was murdered and set afire by unidentified assailants.
Five of his followers who were in his car with him were also slain by the gunman.
According to information obtained, the event took place on Wednesday night in Amechi Awkunanaw, Enugu South Local Government Area.
Chijioke Edeoga, the Labour Party’s candidate for governor, verified the tragic occurrence and said that the shooters shot him and five other individuals inside his car before setting the car on fire.
“It is true that our senatorial candidate for Enugu East senatorial district for Saturday’s election has been killed. They (gunmen) shot him and five others and set them ablaze.
“Our party members are being targeted for assassination by political parties that felt threatened by the rise of the Labour Party in the state and are afraid they may lose the Saturday’s election.”
It would be noted that the Labour Party’s electoral campaigns and endeavors had previously come under fire.
Gunmen allegedly working for the state’s ruling party had harmed many party members and sympathizers and destroyed property worth millions of dollars.
In the meantime, attempts to gain a response from the Enugu State Police Command failed since the command’s spokesman, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, was unavailable at the time this report was filed.