By Hannah Nathan, Warri
In Anambra State, a Young Progressives Party (YPP) ward chairman was shot and killed by gunmen who are believed to be political thugs.
The incident occurs just before the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flagbearer, Okwudili Ezenwankwo, and YPP candidate, Nnabuife, face off in a rerun election in the area.
Strong YPP member Mohale had met with Nnabuife and pledged to mobilize on her behalf.
According to a source, there was a political undertone to his death because Nnabuife’s host family had received a warning from a rival political party.
Nnabuife, a YPP candidate in the most recent election, was sworn in as the constituency’s representative in the House of Representatives after winning the poll.
However, the Court of Appeal upheld the election petition tribunal’s decision to order a rerun in 16 polling places in Nanka Ward 1, the home of her rival, Nwankwo. As a result, both parties started getting ready for the rerun.
In the meantime, the Young Progressives Party (YPP) has begun its morning after losing a member.
Nnabuife, who took over as the party’s South East leader following Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, who defected, claimed that the incident has left the party in mourning.
“Mourning has been thrust upon us. Those who oppose us have created this by hand. There will be a rerun between myself and PDP’s Ezenwankwo, even though INEC has not set a date.
“Mohale was a steadfast member of our party, and we will do everything in our power to make sure that his passing was not in vain. Despite the numerous thugs they send after us, we remain unfazed by their attempts to intimidate us out of the race because we are determined as women to empower her people through law. Sadly, Nnabuife said.