The Ebonyi Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, on Monday, paid a condolence visit to the home of one of its chieftains shot dead by gunmen during the February 25, 2023 elections in the state.

The victim, Mr Ozoemena Nkwuda, who was said to be the cousin to the Director-General of the Ebonyi PDP Governorship Campaign Council, Chief Austin Edeze, until his death, had a nursing wife with three children.

Nkwuda, 42, was murdered by suspected thugs in Ndiogbu-Ndieze, Inyimagu, in Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, during the presidential and National Assembly polls.

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The PDP governorship candidate in the state, Dr Ifeanyi Odii, who was represented by his running mate, Igwe Nwagu, described the deceased as a man of peace.

He urged the family to be strong and uphold their late father’s principles of peace and love.

“We came here to pay our late member, the respect he deserves and to sympathise with the family he left behind.

“It’s a pity that a young man of his age would just die and leave his family with three kids. We are worried because he is a brother, an Ebonyi man, a party member and a good fellow.

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“I urge the family to take heart and may the Almighty God give them the ability, capacity, strength, and grace to withstand this loss,” Odii added.

The Senator representing Ebonyi North District, Dr. Sam Egwu, also urged the family to take heart and prayed God to accept his soul.

“We have come to sympathise with the family, and we believe those involved in this killing will be brought to book,” Egwu said.

The Director-General, Ebonyi PDP Governorship Campaign Council, Edeze, who led the party delegation to Nwkuda’s family, condemned the heinous crime.

The deceased’s elder brother, Mr Anthony Nkwuda, thanked the PDP team for showing respect to his late younger brother.

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“Just as everyone has said, my brother was a good man. He never cared so much about political differences. On behalf of our family, I thank you all for the visit,” he said.