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Ohanaeze publicity scribe, wife survive auto crash in Anambra

Posted: Apr 16, 2015 at 2:53 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Christian Emeka  –  Special Correspondent, Awka  


Assistant Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndi-Igbo Worldwide, Emejulu Okpalaukwu, and his wife have survived an automobile crash on the Otuocha-Nteje road while returning from election monitoring duty in Anambra State.

The accident which happened at Ifite-Aguleri community along the ever-busy Otuocha-Nteje road on Sunday night left the Toyota Hilux Jeep of Okpalaukwu, the Founder of New Nigeria Mandate Groups (NNMG), in wreckage after somersaulting several times.

The activist who mobilised seasoned 1,500 election monitors and 120 mobilisers to Anambra to ensure that no politican tries any manipulation in any polling centre across the state, gave an account of the accident in Awka Medical Centre. He was rushed to the medical center when he was still unconscious although his wife was the most affected in the incident.

He said the incident occurred while he was speeding from Otuocha heading to Oyi to stop supposed irregularities been perpetrated by some politicians.

Okpalaukwu, a founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said he was alarmed to learn that PDP members were not complying with the national agreement between PDP and the ALL Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to synergise and support each other since 2011. “We had earlier agreed that APGA will support PDP at the Presidential level, while at National Assembly and state Assembly levels PDP will support APGA, which is the ruling party in Anambra State, to fill and win them all.

“But to our greatest surprise, the agreement which President Goodluck Jonathan also affirmed, was scuttled by some PDP members in Anambra, hence our intervention to make sure that the agreement was maintained in the state Assembly election.

“When we saw how some PDP members in the state sabotaged the agreement during the Presidential and National Assembly elections and awarded themselves winners, we in the national level of PDP said no; that the injustice must be stopped at all cost and that’s why I am in Anambra to stop them and show that what the renegades is not good,’’ he said.

Okpalaukwu said, “Then PDP national leadership sent us, myself as leader of the team, to come and work for Governor Willie Obiano and APGA to succeed in the state House of Assembly election.

“Me and my team met with Governor Obiano through his special assistant on Youths mobilisation, Chinedu Obidigwe, who gave us all the support to excess.

“And when the accident happened, Obidigwe came to the spot of the incident to sympathise with me and my wife before we were conveyed to the hospital.

“My greatest satisfaction now is that APGA is sweeping all the state Assembly seats in Anambra and I know that will be great joy for Mr. President in Abuja,’’ he said.