We read with great shock and a disturbing sense of alarm, the gruesome and deliberate murder of Mr. Jeremiah Oghoveta, an APC ward chairmanship candidate from Ward 10, Otu-Jeremi, Ughelli south local government area of Delta State.
The report of his death indicates that Mr. Jeremiah Oghoveta met his untimely demise as a result of circumstances that were allegedly caused by the perpetration of electoral fraud and malpractice during the APC ward congress in his local government area.
Our hearts go out to the family of Mr. Oghoveta and his loved ones who are now bereaved by this unexpected fatality. The death of one man diminishes us and the sudden cutting down of Mr. Oghoveta, a promising young Deltan with a bright political future and ready to serve his people and his state, in the prime of his life, diminishes us further and unveils to us once more, how fragile and temporal our existence truly is.
While it will be uncharitable and un-African to even consider or seek any untoward political mileage out of the demise of a fellow Deltan, it behoves us as a responsible political party, to point out that this gory incident which took Mr. Jeremiah Aghoveta’s life raises the question once again, over the extent to which the APC and its supporters are ready to go to get what they want.
We recall vividly how only recently, a band of thugs, allegedly loyal to an APC Senator from Delta state, invaded the hallowed chambers of the Nigeria Senate in gung-ho style, brutalized the security personnel, disrupted the on-going plenary, intimidated the Senators in attendance, except one Senator who ostensibly led them into the chambers and, in what has been described as the most horrible and brazen assault on our freedom and democracy, took away the Mace, which is the sacred symbol of authority of our legislature, carried it all the way to the city gates of the Federal Capital Territory, only to discard it with malicious disdain and disregard under a foot bridge.
We shudder to imagine the level of violence and attendant blood-letting that would have happened in the event of a melee or scuffle, if any of the Senators present had attempted to intercept the hoodlums as they made away with the Mace, which would have promptly been deployed as a dangerous weapon, considering the way and manner the thugs had been wielding the heavy and sacred instrument in their escape movement.
Sadly, this weekend’s violence and fatality in an APC organized event did not only happen in Delta state, as reports reaching us also claim that Rivers state in particular and other states across the country, were equally embroiled in widespread violence over and during the conduct of the APC ward congresses while violence consumed the APC Ekiti state governorship primaries, over allegations of electoral malpractices, fraudulent activities by the actors and other sharp practices which are all hallmarks of rigging elections.
We will not dwell on the various accusations and allegations that the APC heaped and continues to pour on our party after every election, but the fact is becoming clearer now that pot of the APC impunity is even ‘blacker’ than the PDP democratic kettle and Deltans and Nigerians are becoming wiser by the day that nothing good will ever come out of APC.
We also want to use this medium to sound a note of warming and caution that what is happening in the APC, with all these violence and deaths, even in small elections and political activities like ward congresses, is not a good sign at all. What the APC has done is to send out a dangerous warning signal to all and sundry that they will do everything possible, including violence and taking of lives, to achieve their aim in 2019 and this message has been sent loud and clear with the dastardly murder of Mr. Jeremiah Aghoveta.
We use this medium to call on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and security agencies to take note of our warnings and concern as we enter the electioneering period for the 20!9 general elections. To be forewarned is to be forearmed
As we mourn with the bereaved family of Mr. Jermiah Aghoveta and indeed all Deltans, over this sad and unnecessary death, we pray the good Lord to give his immediate family and relatives the fortitude to bear the loss and the grace and divine provision to carry on without him in the months and years to come.
We must not allow APC to endanger the lives and property of Deltans again because of their wild and uncontrollable ambition to get power at all cost. Politics is not a do or die affair.
A word is enough for the wise.
God bless Delta State
Ifeanyi Michael Osuoza, State Publicity Secretary, PDP, Delta State.