Alleged Assassination Attempt: Senator Nwaogu Lied -Abia Council Boss


The Transition Committee Chairman of Isiala Ngwa North council area of Abia

state, Chief Ginger Onwusibe has dismissed reports by the senator

representing Abia Central zone at the National Assembly, Senator Nkechi

Nwaogu linking him to an alleged assassination attempt on her.

In a telephone chat with our correspondent, the council boss who described

Senator Nwaogu as a someone who is in the habit of telling lies to curry

sympathy said he and other vehicles in his convoy escaped gunshots fired by

policemen in the Senator's convoy by the grace of God.

Narrating the incident which he said took place at Umuoha community along

the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway, Onwusibe alleged that his convoy,

which included the member representing Isiala Ngwa North in the House of

Assembly, Hon. Martin Azubuike and other chieftains of the party of the

council, was attacked by the Senator's convoy on their way back from a ward

“We have been on a tour of the 10 wards in the council, which was the

eighth in the series. At the end of the tour, one of the party chieftains

invited us for a reception. On our way to his house, we joined the

Expressway from the lane of motorists coming from Umuahia to get to the

other lane. No sooner had most of the over 30 cars in the vehicles joined

the road median than we heard a loud blaring of siren with a long convoy.

“I saw Senator Nkechi Nwaogu and heard her shouting, that is the stupid

Ginger boy, get him, get him. Policemen and an SSS operative in his convoy

started firing. Other policemen came down and started beating my

supporters. When they identified my official car with the registration

number, LG 01 KPU, two of the MOPOL men in the senator's convoy started

dragging the door to my car, but I resisted them. All through the incident,

Senator Nwaogu was still shouting deal with him, deal with him. Even the

appeals by an aide to the Hon. Chinenye Ike member representing the Isiala

Ngwa North /Isiala Ngwa South federal constituency, who was in the convoy

that they should recognize him and the member representing Isiala Ngwa

North in the House of Assembly, Hon. Martin Azubuike, fell on deaf ears as

they only stopped shooting when the Senator who was still in her vehicle

called them back,” Onwusibe said.
He attributed the attack on him by the senator to his bold support for the

party's decision of zoning the 2015 governorship position to Abia South

zone which excludes the latter who is serving her second term representing

Abia Central district at the senate.
“I attribute this attack on my convoy to my support for the party's

decision zoning the governorship position to Abia South. This is my only

crime against Senator Nkechi Nwaogu. Instead of abiding with the decision,

she has continued to attack the state Governor, Chief Theodore Orji and the

PDP in the state over the zoning policy.”
But in a swift reaction, Senator Nwaogu had while addressing a press

conference in her Okpu Umuobo residence in Osisioma Ngwa council, described

the incident as an assassination attempt on her by the council boss.

She alleged that Onwusibe's convoy waylaid her's as she was returning to

Aba after paying homage to Eze Bernard Enweremadu in Isiala Ngwa North

council area whose community held their annual new yam festival on Friday

last week.
Nwaogu who said she was shocked that a serving Transitional Committee

Chairman who he described as her brother could attack her and her campaign

She linked the incident to attempts to stop her from contesting for

governor and threatened that nobody; no matter how highly paced can stop

her from emerging governor of the state in 2015.
“It have sent a text message to Gov. Theodore Orji and also reported to the

Director, SSS of this country, reported also to the police although I have

not been able to reach the State Commissioner of Police, Adamu Ibrahim

because at that time and till now, his line has not been going through. But

if and when I get the commissioner of police, I would talk to him.”

Senator Nwaogu alleged that Onwusibe started attacking her since she

stopped allowing him to continue extorting money from her. In reaction,

Onwusibe said,” If Senator Nwaogu can provide evidence that I have been

extorting money from her, I vow to resign from my position as the TC

Dismissing Senator Nwaogu's allegation as an afterthought, Member

representing Isiala Ngwa North state constituency in the Abia House of

Assembly, Hon. Martin Azubuike who was part of the council boss' convoy,

told our correspondent that the senator had late on Saturday after the

incident, put a call across to a chieftain of the party in the constituency

and told him that she dealt with Ginger Onwusibe on the Expressway and

threatened that she will teach the council boss a lesson he will never

“There is no doubt that Senator Nkechi Nwaogu is telling lies on the

incident. Nobody in that convoy which I was part of fired a shot. It was

her MOPOL men and somebody who looked like an SSS personnel who continued

firing and even attempted to force out Ginger Onwusibe and his wife from

his car. They even beat up and tore the T-shirt of our supporters. Some of

our convoy even ran away when the shooting became too much,” Azubuike said. gathered that Nwaogu and Onwusibe's relationship

appeared to have worsened since the senator was alleged to have threatened

during a visit to her late last year by Onwusibe and members of the

Committee that oversaw a reception organized in honour of the Gov. Orji on

November 29, 2013, at the Ngwa High School field, Aba, by the people of

Umunneato comprising the three Ngwa council areas; Osisioma Ngwa, Isiala

Ngwa North and Isiala Ngwa South in Abia Central zone, that Gov. Orji can

only be a senator in 2015 if he agrees to swap position with her.

The senator accused Onwusibe of lying against her over the incident which

the governor was said to have later summoned Nwaogu and members of the

committee who were present during the visit to the senator over the

allegation. Sources told that the senator cried before

the governor that she could not have made such statement but the governor

later confirmed the allegation that the senator made the threat.

A ranking member of the PDP from Isiala Ngwa North council area who

declined to have his name on print hinted that since the incident, the

relationship between Gov. Orji and the senator appears to have worsened

with the latter blaming the council boss for the situation.

According to him,” Instead of abiding with the party's decision, Senator

Nkechi Nwaogu and her group including Hon. Tony Enwereuzor has been

fighting and abusing everybody since the party zoned the governorship

position to Abia South. This is why she attacked Ginger Onwusibe who also

comes from the same Abia Central zone with her. Even during the Abia at 23

celebration at Umuahia last week, you could see that she was still boiling

with anger. I heard she is negotiating with APC in the state to contest the

governorship election. We are watching.”
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