Mr. Sebastian Okoh, the House of Representatives candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ika Federal Constituency of in Delta State, escaped being assassinated when gunmen invaded his residence and riddled the entire place with bullets on Friday.
Narrating his ordeal, Okoh said he was in the house with his family when the bullets started raining down on his building, causing severe damage to windows and vehicles parked in and outside the compound.
The former aide of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, who resigned his appointment and joined the APC to vie for the House of Representatives seat, said the attempt to kill him and his household was to put a stop to his liberation agenda.
He said that the Ika Federal Constituency’s liberation agenda he was championing was a divine project to provide people-oriented leadership.
While thanking God for saving his life and his family from the war-like invasion that lasted for several minutes, he appealed to his supporters for calm, adding that God had saved and preserved him for a purpose.
Okoh said he had earlier reported to the Agbor Area Command of the Nigeria Police of some suspected movements in the community.
Meanwhile, indigenes of Umunede Community, in Ika North East Local Government Area, hometown of Sebastian Okoh, had taken to the streets in wild protest, to express their anger over the attempted assassination of the politician.
ACP Cordelia Ikejiani, Agbor Area Police Commander, has visited the community and the politician’s compound and assured that the Police would carry out detailed investigations.
Earlier, a Federal High Court in Asaba declared Hon. Hakim Agoda as the candidate of APC for Ethiope Federal Constituency.
The court had sacked Hon. Solomon Edoja who was recognised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the candidate of the party.