A popular politician in Abia State, Tony Oriala, has raised the alarm over attempts to assassinate him.
Oriala, a onetime special adviser to former governor Uzo Kalu on liaison office, Abuja, told LEADERSHIP that suspected gunmen attacked his home in Umuahia, but providence smiled on him, as he was not in the house when they struck.
The businessman-turned politician said that one of his buildings in Abia was attacked in the process, adding that “I believe the assassins were sent to silence me because of my ambition to govern the state and also my support for the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) which is common knowledge.”
Oriala, who has been critical of the present administration in the state, insisted that governor Okezie Victor Ikpeazu had failed the people and does not deserve any re-election.
He declared that even though he and his family are in danger, he would not stop supporting IPOB and agitating for Biafra because that is what he believed would emancipate the Igbo and make them fulfill their dreams of being the hub of industrialisation in Africa.
He berated those insinuating that he fled the state because he was afraid of losing the gubernatorial elections.
According to him, “the Nigeria police cannot assure me of my security because when the assassins came, I wasn’t at home but the people they met said that the men came in a black Prado Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) and were dressed in black suit. I believe that they were sent to silence him.”
The gubernatorial aspirant who was once kidnap in June 2010 in his country home by gunmen who took him to an isolated place where he was tortured and humiliated for 10 days in the bush stated that his concerns were for his children and the poor masses in Abia who have nowhere to go and nobody to fight for them.