As the November 16, 2013 gubernatorial election draws nearer, the APC
candidate, Senator Chris Ngige has embroiled himself in unwanted
controversy following allegations that he slapped a Catholic priest,
Rev. Fr. Evaristus Ezekwona at a burial ceremony in Nanka, Agulu,
Anambra State on Thursday.

Senator Ngige was said to have become
furious when he erroneously concluded that Rev. Fr. Ezekwona was
deliberately standing in his way and suddenly snapped, pouncing on the
hapless priest, strangling him first and then unleashing a torrent of
slaps on both sides of the clergy man’s face.

The incident took
place at the at the burial of the mother of the Catholic Bishop of Awka
Diocese, Bishop Paulinus Ezeokafor in Nanka which attracted prominent
sons and daughter the state including politicians.  

An eye
witness, Obiora Onwuama, who observed the scuffle, revealed that after
unleashing his fury on Rev. Fr. Ezekwona, Ngige was not fully satisfied
and promptly instructed his personal aides to torture him and they
promptly pounced and inflicted more bodily injuries on him.

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“We
were all horrified at the sight. Senator Ngige must have acted blindly
because the man was dressed in his cassock. There were screams of shock
and horror from the onlookers but Senator Ngige could not be stopped. He
must have mistaken Fr. Evaristus for a member of the opposition party,”
Onwuama explained in total disbelief.

The APC gubernatorial
candidate seems to be courting controversy with ease in recent times
starting with his ill-conceived statement justifying the deportation of
79 Igbos from Lagos to the poorly timed kick-off of his campaign rally
in Onitsha on the same day that the Ofala Festival was taking place
which provoked the anger of the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe and
his cabinet.

Ngige was also recently reported to have engaged
the Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi in a futile tussle for
prominence when he hijacked the governor’s seat at a recent Mass
conducted by Arch-Bishop Valerian Okeke at the Onitsha Prisons and
rebuffed all entreaties to relinquish the seat.

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The diminutive
Senator has also been fingered for pulling down and pouring black oil on
the APGA candidate’s billboards placed in strategic locations across
the state.

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