Former National President of the Grand Alliance of All Progressives (APGA), Senator Victor Umeh, condemned the attack on the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Professor Charles Soludo, by armed men in Isiofia in the Aguata area of Anambra State.
Soludo, a contender for an APGA ticket to the Anambra governor elections scheduled for Nov. 6, escaped death when he was attacked by gunmen while addressing youths at the Isuofia civilian center.
Three police officers tied to a leading APGA aspirant were killed during the attack while the utilities commissioner, Mr. Emeka Ezenwanne, was abducted.
Umeh, a former representative of the Anambra Central District in the Senate, said: “I am still shocked by the shooting incident at the Isuofia civilian center last Wednesday that took the lives of three police officers linked to Professor Charles Chukwum Soludo. This deadly attack has left me speechless for the past two days.
“However, I want to formally cooperate with Professor Solud because of this unfortunate background of the incident. I never imagined that our Politics could degenerate to this level of massacre for any purpose!
“While I call on Professor Solud to remain steadfast, I would like to ask for the immediate release of Engr Emeke Ezenwanne, the Honorary Commissioner for Communal Affairs of the Anambra State Government who was taken away during the attack by armed men.
“I ask Almighty God to give the souls of fallen policemen eternal rest in paradise. I also pray that God will give His Divine comfort to the families of the deceased.
He added: “As we await the Police Investigation Report, let us remember that Almighty God is watching over all our actions from His heavenly abode!
“Finally, I want to remind all of us that no ambition or intention is worth the life of any man! The manner of the attack at the meeting in the city hall addressed by prof. Soludo clearly indicates that the attack was politically motivated. This attack is a sad remark about our preparations for the upcoming gubernatorial elections on November 6 in the state of Anambra, and this is fully condemned.
“While I thank the security agencies for their good efforts, I urge them to do everything they can to save the missing commissioner. God bless the state of Anambra! “