A total of four Toyota Sienna brand of vehicles, all branded with faces of candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and 30 motorcycles meant to be empowerment materials for constituents have been set on fire by suspected hoodlums in Anambra.
Elekenews.com gathered that a house belonging to a PDP stalwart, Hon Gabriel Onyenwife, the member representing Oyi/Ayamelum federal constituency in the house of representatives was first set on fire last weekend, where two of his branded vehicles and 30 motorcycles was burnt down.
Similarly, Another PDP politician, Hon Chris Azubogu’s supporters who drove two of his branded vehicles were said to have been attacked on Wednesday, and the vehicles set ablaze in Nnewi town, Nnewi North local government Area of the state.
The Director General of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, Prince Harry Oranezi who disclosed this to journalists in Awka said the party was worried about the spate of attacks on its members.
Oranezi said he was not surprised because the PDP in the state was growing in leaps and bound, just as lots of people now reckon with her, leaving other parties in envy.
He lamented that attacks on the party was coming from two directions, which he named to be the ruling party in the state, the All Progressives Grand Alliance(APGA) and the ruling party at the centre, the All Progressives Congress(APC).
He said, “PDP is now being persecuted from all front, both by the state government in Anambra and the federal government. Last week, one of our member, Hon Gabriel Onyenwife,a member of the house of representatives, who left APGA to join the PDP after their rancorous primary election had his house set on fire, and his vehicles and motorcycles which were empowerment materials meant for his constituents were burnt.
“Again, yesterday(Wednesday) Hon Azubogu, the member representing Nnewi North, Nnewi South and Ekwusigo federal constituency had a painful experience. His vehicles were also burnt down. This is because of the popularity of PDP in Anambra State.”
Asked who the party suspects, Oranezi said the Anambra State governor, Willie Obiano was its prime suspect. He said the governor had severally pressured Onyenwife who left APGA for PDP to return to the party, but he(Onyenwife) refused.
“This is to the point that Obiano has severally mentioned his name at their rallies, showing that they are rattled by the exit of the honourable member from their party. We condemn this act in totality,” Oranezi said.
He said that actions like this can jeopardize the credibility of this Saturdays election, while also calling on INEC to ensure the conduct of free and fair election.