The battle for political supremacy in Nasarawa North within the ruling All Progressives Congress has taken a new but unfortunate dimension following Saturday’s surprise victory of Hon. Godiya Akwashiki as ‘Senator-elect to represent the District in the 9th Senate.
Godiya who currently represents Eggon West in Nasarawa State House of Assembly (NSHA) was on Friday reportedly stripped naked at gunpoint by members of Godiya’s political opponent in Abuja, FCT.
The family members of the Envuluanza believed to have come out suddenly from nowhere and beat the senator-elect to stupor at the Maitama’s residence of Alhaji Danladi Halilu Envuluanza after he honoured the wife’s invitation for a dinner to celebrate his latest electoral feat. One of the men in the video attacking Godiya was identified as Jemilu Envuluanza, the younger brother brother of Danladi Envuluanza.
Sadly however the Dinner’s invitation was with a different motive. According to an eyewitness, Hon. Godiya upon arrival met the shock of his life as unknown men seized him.
The eyewitness, a neighbour narrated that the culprit was beaten, stripped naked, video recorded and photographed to smear his public repute.
His pockets were emptied by the assailants who rained all sort of insults on him most notably ‘banza arne’, which literally means ‘unbeliever’ in Hausa, a spoken language of northern Nigerians.
Godiya who was heard saying in Hausa language in the video recording below where Jemilu Envuluanza was tying the hands of Godiya,“Bani ruwa isha, bani ruwa isha, yakuri, yakuri.” which in loose translation means, “Give me some water to drink, give me some water to drink, please, please.”The senator-elect was later left unconscious for minutes after the severe beating was earlier urging for calm.
He promised to sweep the matter under the carpet if set free. The passionate appeal however fell on deaf ears. His clothing was tore and footwears taken away, leaving him naked and barefooted.
A call by the unknown person who reported the incident to the security saved Godiya from the hands of the abductors. He has been rushed to an undisclosed hospital for medical attention.
When contacted, an aide to Envuluanza denied his principal’s involvement. He sympathized with the deputy speaker of the 5th NSHA and Senator-elect, wishing him a speedy recovery.
The duo has since last year been in loggerhead politically. This was renewed shortly after Saturday’s presidential and national assembly elections which Godiya emerged victorious, defeating Chief Mike Abdul(PDP), Hon. Sam Alu(APGA) among others against all odds.
Efforts by n-Mirror to contact Envuluanza’s wife to hear her own side of the story proved abortive. A close associate however sympathized with the culprit and wished him a speedy recovery.
Godiya who is serving a 2nd term as a state lawmaker was first elected in 2011under former Nigeria’s ruling party, PDP. He is a strong ally of Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura whom he saved from impeachment in 2013.
Meanwhile, a source claimed Godiya was beaten for attempting to sleep with his brother’s wife. According to the story which has been debunked the wife with the consent of her husband arranged the thugs, set up a trap and lured him for the embarrassment.