Enugu APC crisis: Drama as Senatorial candidate, party chieftain face police investigation

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The Police in Enugu State on Monday announced that it was investigating the Enugu East Senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Prince Lawrence Eze.

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The party has been faced with internal crisis after its primary elections, a situation that led to the constitution of a reconciliation committee headed by a former governor of the State, Barr. Sullivan Chime.

DAILY POST gathered that the ongoing investigation bordered on a case of threat to life reported against Eze and another chieftain of the party in the State, Chief Anike Nwoga by Mrs. Kate Ebere Nnamani.

However, Ezeh has expressed shock over the police statement on the matter, describing it as political.

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The spokesman of the police in Enugu State, SP Ebere Amaraizu had said in a statement that the command “through the operatives of the state criminal Intelligence and Investigations Department has commenced a full scale investigations into the alleged threat to life of a political party flag bearer in Enugu state.

“The investigations came up following a petition of threat to life against one Lawrence Eze and Anike Nwoga written and addressed to the commissioner of police Enugu state by one Kate Ebele Nnamani a House of Representatives flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress.”

The petitioner, DAILY POST gathered, had claimed that there was several threat to her life orchestrated by the above mentioned people and their cohorts.

She alleged that the duo had threatened that she will not be alive to see the election day, as her days are numbered.

But in a swift reaction, Ezeh expressed shock that such a petition would go to the media even before his attention was called to it.

He said in a statement, “I am shocked to hear there is such a petition against me. But you can see it is a political tool targeted at a leading candidate in the Enugu East Senatorial race.

“I have not had any private talk or even a one-on-one interaction with this lady. The last time I saw her was in the party chairman’s hotel in Abuja where we went to submit our forms. I am surprised that people could go to this level just to run a candidate down.

“She is also a candidate but it is clear that she is being used by the opposition to run me down maybe because of my acceptability to my people.

“There is no iota of truth in the spurious allegations and I cannot descend so low to that level. All I am interested in is to win the election but you can see it is a deliberate attempt to pull me down.

“I am also surprised that the police will issue such a press statement in a matter they have not even called my attention.”

Also reacting, Nwoga who equally denied threatening the politician, said the female candidate was merely persuaded to drop her ambition for someone from Enugu East local government area in order to respect the existing zoning arrangement in the Federal Constituency.