By Ngozi Omah, Awka
Sen Andy Uba, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the November 6, 2021 election in Anambra state, late afternoon Friday, Sept 3,2021 escaped what would have been seen as a police assassination when an on duty police officer fired a shot in his direction, narrowly missing him by the whiskers.
The police officer was among those on security duty at the rally held in Uba’s honour by the APC at the Ekwulobia Township Stadium, Aguata Local Government Area of the State was visibly shocked as he quickly asked the officer, “My friend, what is it?”, “What is it?”
The equally dazed officer simply said he was just trying to scare people away.
However, it was not known whether he was arrested, interrogated or investigated for possible assassination intent. Because other stakeholders had spoken without any incident, but the officer fired the shot the moment Sen Uba began to address the crowd.
Shortly after the shock, Uba continued his address when disclosed that he was in the governorship race to liberate the state from years of inactivity and underdevelopment. He said, “The day I was handed over the APC flag at the villa by President Mphammadu Buhari was the day Anambra State was liberated.
“My first assignment would be the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway. It is impassable. Work will begin on this road soonest. That is the essence of our parry being at the center.”
Uba appealed to all APC members and supporters to step up efforts in working very hard to ensure the party records a resounding victory on Nov 6,2021 governorship poll.
When contacted for reaction on the shooting incident, the state Commissioner of Police, Chris Owolabi, said he was awaiting official report on the matter, almost 72 hours after.
A thoroughly shaken cameraman standing close to the unfortunate police officer said he may have acted under the influence of alcohol.
While many others at the rally expressed repulsion at the idea of coming to a jam packed political rally with a cocked rifle in the first place.
Information has it that a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police who was at the event had taken up the matter with a view to ensure that proper disciplinary measures were meted out to the erring officer.