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ABUJA — Elder Simeon Babani Abuh, widower of late Mrs Salome Acheju Abuh, Woman Leader of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ochadamu Ofu Local Government Area of Kogi, has cried out for justice over the killing of the deceased by political thugs, saying the light of his family has been put out.
The killing of the politician, in the aftermath of the celebration that trailed the re-election of the state governor, Yahaya Bello, in last Saturday’s governorship election, had elicited outrage from Nigerians who described the incident as wicked and inhuman.
Elder Abuh’s reaction came on a day the Police in Kogi State said they were almost at the root of fishing out perpetrators of the killing.
Recounting events that led to his wife’s death in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja, he said the attack and murder of his wife on Monday, November 18, 2019, was premeditated, adding that his late wife was resting from an earlier attack she suffered on election day when the house was surrounded and burnt by the thugs, with her inside.
He said: “My attention is being drawn to various stories both offline and online regarding the sorrowful death of my beloved wife, Mrs Salome Acheju Abuh, on Monday, November 18, 2019, which happened at Ochadamu Ofu Local Government area of Kogi State Nigeria.
“I am constrained to set the records straight, despite the heaviness and pain I feel at present. My wife, a devout Christian, a lover of peace who hates anything violent, was a grassroot politician/community leader. She was a women leader for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, from the early years of her political career.
“She had her first elective position as a councillor in Ofu Local Government Council of Kogi State between 2003 and 2007, she contested for Idah Federal Constituency for House of Representative in 2007 and was the only woman among the contestants.
“She was also a Special Assistant on Grassroot Matters to former Governor Idris Wada. She also contested in the last general elections for the State House of Assembly in 2019, all under the PDP platform. Until this unfortunate incident, she was an active member of the party, a campaign team member for Engr. Musa Wada and the PDP Woman leader.
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“On Saturday, November 16, 2019, at the Ochadamu Primary School polling unit, one of the attackers, in the company of other boys, told me that he was going to deal with my younger brother, Gowon Abuh, who is a strong supporter of the PDP.
“He further said that this election is for the APC and that there was nothing anyone can do about it. I politely told him that there was no need for this, that we are all brothers, that we all drink the same flowing river, went to the same playing ground in the community and that we shall still remain in the community, politics notwithstanding.
“After casting my vote, I headed home, leaving my wife behind to watch the electoral process. After some time, my brother, Gowon, ran back home to inform me that one of the attackers was beating my wife where she was sitting under a shade observing the process and that when he (Gowon Abuh) and other people tried to intervene, he attempted to stab him, and he had to run back home.