Tension mounts as thugs sack APC campaign rally in Rivers

FILE PHOTO: An APC office bombed in Okrika, Rivers State

Suspected political thugs on Saturday attacked members of the All Progressives Congress [APC], who were setting up equipment  and canopies for a scheduled political rally, the APC chairman in Okrika, Christian Asifamaka, has said.

In a statement entitled “Again, the PDP-led Federal Government attacks the people of Okrika” and emailed to PREMIUM TIMES Saturday morning, Mr. Asifamaka said his party members were shot at and chased away as they readied the venue of a scheduled rally.

Mr. Asifamaka said, “In the wee hours of the morning of Saturday 24, 2015 at about 3:45am some armed youth started shooting at the venue of the APC governorship rally at National School field, Okrika.

“Those setting up the sound system and the podium were forced to flee for their lives. At about 4am they started shooting explosives into the arena and destroyed the podium, sound equipment and some canopies.

“Okrika is the home of Nigeria’s First Lady Mrs Patience Jonathan. She was present and held the PDP governorship rally at the same venue on Thursday January 22, 2015.

“The boys came in a white hiace bus and allegedly came in from Igbiri, a community that shares borders with Mrs. Jonathan’s Oba Ama community.”

The Rivers State Police Command could not be reached for comment.  Repeated telephone calls to the spokesperson of the command, Ahmad Muhammad, a deputy superintendent of police, failed to connect.

There are however apprehension in the area that the sacked APC supporters might regroup to launch a counter attack on their PDP counterparts.

News of the latest attack on the party came a week after a secretariat of the party at Ngo community in Andoni Local Government Area of the state was bombed.

That incident happened just five days after the party’s office in Okrika Local Government Area of the state was attacked with dynamites.

These and other incidents of political violence are happening despite the leadership of the political parties participating in the February elections signing an undertaking to avoid actions that could promote violence before, during and after the polls.

On Friday, unknown attackers in Bauchi set fire to the campaign office of the governorship candidate of the APC in the state, Mohammed Abubakar.

Mr. Abubakar said he believed the PDP was behind the attack.

Some residents of Bauchi told PREMIUM TIMES the arson may be a retaliation of an earlier attack on President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign team in the town.

On Thursday, hoodlums hurled shoes, plastic bottles and other objects at the podium where the president and his team sat, as he visited Bauchi for campaigns.

The youth later vandalised PDP billboards and posters in the capital, and set fire to a police van.

Another group of hoodlums had attacked the President’s campaign train when he visited Katsina.

Also, just a little over a week ago, some unknown persons set ablaze the campaign office of the Zamfara Central Senatorial candidate of PDP, Ibrahim Shehu.

Three persons were injured while three motorcycles were burnt in the incident.

A PDP member, Muhammad Ibrahim, said some unidentified youths raided the office, beat up the security guards and set the place ablaze.

The spectre of political violence began in early January when some supporters of the APC in Rivers State were shot on their way to attend their party’s presidential campaign flag-off in Port Harcourt.

After that incident, political violence escalated across the country. Days later, campaign buses of the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation were set ablaze in Jos, Plateau State, while several property belonging to the PDP in Gombe State were razed.


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  • odogwu

    Hahahahahaha, good news, na una go first start, when you are net with such measure, una go cry most, dis kind jaguda party ashiwaju political criminals(apc) never seize to amaze people

    • True Nigerian

      So you hear news of violence against people, and you are happy and laughing about it?
      Is that how psychologically sick we have become in Nigeria?

      You have Igbo name too, and you respond to news of violence in this way? So the question is, why are we surprised that we have a terrible problem like boko haram? Judging from your response to this report of violence, isn’t it true that boko haram represents the moral decadence of the Nigerian society generally?

    • Wähala

      Your laughter echoes like that of a psychopath here, which mental home did you escape from make we hustle you back dia quick-quick… you’re simply put, mad! What is “god news” about mayhem? The only person with an amazing reaction to this is you… and that speaks volumes about you. A cold killer… Onye ara!

      • GrantUK

        Confirmed! Wahala is a Nwanna

      • odogwu

        and a mentally deranged Buffoon is responding to me, wonder shall never end!!

        • Wähala

          Osu Anam River basin… someone has to always remind you pfools that you are offerings to the gods, that’s your real sickness: Possessed. Osu!

          • odogwu

            and what right has you an ewedu moronic Buffoon has to reply my beautiful comment?

    • Maria

      The laughter of a f00l.

      • odogwu

        Moron!!! are you referring to your incestuous father?

        • Maria

          You mean your orangutan father? The useless man that birthed you through child factory.

          • odogwu

            And who be this smelliing toto ewdu harlot?

          • Maria

            Your mother is a prostitute… your mother with apu smelling toto…

          • odogwu

            This product of incest, i know no you sabi vexoo, i am sorry mrs Smelling toto, how your whore maa? una don settle don settle the issue of the money from that Kai kai guy, wey dey hammer both of you?

          • Maria

            You product of child factory… ashwin… eleribu awon irankiran…

          • odogwu

            Afrawo, go wash your self from the incest committed by you and Mentally Deranged Paaa, Nkakwu

          • A Aminu

            You two should be ashamed of yourself. Why such a fowl language between one another. The discuss forum is to exchange intelligent opinions and share responsible ideas and not an avenue to insult one another and abuse your parents. It is shameful you two.

          • odogwu

            Did you take your time to check the Line of the tread and know who start first, mr Man or Woman, I want to know that no body has monopoly of any thing on this forum

  • Thaddy Sopoow

    आशा की लौ भी मंद है.. सब रास्ते हुए
    बंद हैं.. फिर से पूरब से कोई सूरज
    निकलना चाहिए.. बदलाव लाने के लिए..
    एक और भगत सिंह चाहिए
    APC is too small to make a difference In this country… A controversial party indeed

    • Maria

      How is Bangladesh, drug dealer?

      • Otile

        Howdy Maria, how did your recognize that what that man wrote is Sanskrit? You must be some well educated young lady.

  • Udodiri

    I assure you that the criminal people destroying people will set this country on fire because they see their doom fast approaching but Nigerians will deal with them. This is a rouge party of thieves and criminals who have stolen the country dry in sixteen years trying desperately to hang unto power after Nigerians have shown them the red card. They are on their last rally and I bet all of them criminals will be rounded up and made to face justice when Gen. Buhari ascends the throne in May. Nothing, not even the resort to violence, will save this cultic PDPigs from being shoved to the dustbin this Febuhari.

  • Wähala

    “As thugs sack APC campaign rally in Rivers”… Soldiers occupy the Amasieamaka Stadium by Force, without permission!
    Just as with the invasion of HOR, impunity upon impunity can never assure absolute power… #DumpDumboBiko2015!

  • abdulrazak

    Why are they complaining now the heat is on them, these story sounds like been sponsored by this Association of Past Criminals to make nigerians forget their evil attack on Mr. President. APC is evil and they stand for everything evil, if it is not so they should ask Tinubu and their Leaders they will tell them. Shame on you all as this is just a fabrication, nigerians are wiser now.

    • Yola

      So now is justified to attack because it is PDP, what a hypocrite.

      • abdulrazak

        I know you’re an APC supporter who has sold his conscience Becos of few cheap naira notes, you and your sponsors sent thugs to go after our president and you didn’t see anything wrong with that, rather you people said they were merely resisting the government Becos they don’t want him. God will expose you all and bring all of you to judgement. I trust our good hearted president, he will forgive you people if for me I would have suggested he chase you all to Chad where you all belong after his victory come February 14 2014.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      @abdlrazak, I wonder what you’d say now that Gov Yuguda has confirmed Jonothing was stoned in Bauchi by PDP youths?

      Same thing happened in Jos.

      Even Maiduguri youths did not stone him despite being beaten by the military men escorting Jonothing.

      • abdulrazak

        This is what your sponsors has paid you to do but you need to be more creative with your lies. I wonder why you people will sell your conscience and end up saying rubbish. May God forgive you all Association of Past Criminals e-rats for supporting evil.

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          Mr. Abdulrazak, the problem with your type is clear lack of ability to read widely.

          Continue wallowing in your ignorance.

          • abdulrazak

            And people like you lack common sense and been influenced by the cheap naira notes been thrown around by your sponsors refuse to see the truth and also is been corrupt like your sponsors.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            lol

            I ‘give’ at this stage of my life.

            I no longer need to ‘take’.

            What else have you to say?

            I am not responsible for your life’s frustrations, you know!

  • EQUITY

    No of yrs in Presidency from 1960 – 2015 by Regional Distribution
    =============================================
    North = 39 yrs (9 presidents = Balewa,Gowon, Muritala,Shagari,Buhari,Babangida,Abacha,Abdulsalam,YarAdua,)
    West = 11 yrs (2 Presidents = Obasanjo, Shonekan)
    East = 0 yrs (Nil)
    South = 4 yrs (1 President = Jonathan)

    “…Our history is replete with numerous and uncontrollable instances of callous and insensitive dominatory repressive intrigues by those who think it is their birthright to dominate till eternity the political and economic privileges of this great country to the exclusion of the people of the Middle Belt and the south….”

    “…They have almost succeeded in subjugating the Middle Belt and making them voiceless and now extending same to the south. It is our unflinching belief that this quest for domination, …and marginalization, is against the wish of God and therefore, must be resisted with the vehemence….”

    “…This clique has an unabated penchant for domination and unrivalled fostering of mediocrity and outright detest for accountability,…all put together have been our undoing as a nation…”

    —– Gideon Orkar (April 22, 1990 Revolutionary Speech)

    **************Peace is not the absence of war but the presence of JUSTICE & EQUITY. ************

    We all have the right to act ‘wsely’. May God be with us all.

  • anneedu

    They will now blame PDP for it,

  • kinsly

    Super write up! Your views has been my long held opinion.