Port Harcourt Attack: APC ​accuses PDP of engaging in violence ahead of polls

Lai Mohammed

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the PDP of engaging in violence ahead of next month’s general elections, after many supporters of the APC were shot by gunmen while heading to the inaugural campaign of our presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, in Rivers State on Tuesday.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said it is not surprised by published reports that the attack was led by an ex-militant who is a member of the PDP from the Gokana Local Government, because the PDP, realizing it is fast losing ground in Rivers, has become so desperate as to resort to violence against supporters of the ruling party in the state.

It said the attacks, reportedly by thugs working for the PDP along the Bori-Saakpenwa Road in Bori, Khana LGA, followed the same pattern of previous acts of violence directed at the APC, the party’s elected and appointed officials, including Gov. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, as well as its supporters by PDP thugs in the state.

APC said the acts of violence perpetrated against its supporters, some of whom are lying critical ill in hospital, on Tuesday occurred despite assurances by President Goodluck Jonathan as well as PDP Chairman Adamu Muazu that next month’s general elections will be free, fair and peaceful.

The party said PDP officials have apparently been deceiving Nigerians that they intend to run an issues-based campaign, when their party’s stock in trade is bare-faced violence and gangsterism.

”The assurances by the leadership of the PDP ring hollow when thugs affiliated with the party are ambushing peaceful and harmless supporters heading to a campaign rally. It is either the leadership is not sincere in its assurances or it has lost control of the party, which will both be dangerous for the country.

”If the PDP has launched a campaign of violence against the APC this early, only God knows how far the ruling party will go to physically decimate the opposition before, during and after February’s elections. We are therefore calling on all Nigerians and indeed the international community to closely monitor the events during the ongoing electioneering campaign and the elections themselves.

”On our part, we will document every act of violence against our members and supporters, just so that we can show the world, with verifiable proof, which party is indeed the violent one,” it said.

APC said the police must act fast to investigate Tuesday’s attack and bring the perpetrators to justice, in order to prevent acts of violence from marring the forthcoming polls.

Despite the violence perpetrated against its supporters, APC appealed to them not to engage in retaliatory attacks, saying its commitment to a non-violent election remain unshaken.

”We appeal to our members and supporters to remain calm but vigilant, because the forces of darkness will never allow peace to reign. Our stated commitment to a peaceful election is sacrosanct, irrespective of the acts of provocation by the PDP,” the party said.


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  • Yusuf Gide

    This is good, Mr. Lai Mohammed. The circle of disaster, evils, criminals, unpatriotic, liars, corrupt and useless Nigerians – PDP & Jonathan doesn’t have Nigerian lives in mind but selfish and dubious interests. Their end has come by the grace of God.
    In the whole of North-west, North-east and South-west, i haven’t seen even a single poster of Goodluck Jonathan, what proved to everyone that most of PDP supporters and party members, deep in their minds are not with disaster (Jonathan) too.
    CHANGE IS POSIBLE AND NIGERIA MUST HAVE A POSITIVE CHANGE NO MATTER WHAT!!!

    • JBendel

      The hate and lies in you are the things you have to get rid off and change for good for it’s obvious you need the change more than any other Nigerian.

  • Waziri

    You are not vindicated, rather you expose your wickedness and ignorant. APC still remain our faithful party. Metu I can see that all PDP and its agent are having sleepless night because of fear of defeat. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

  • Thepeople

    Was that what all the press conference by Ms Ogar was all about? Vindication of PDP. Desecration amd degradation of public institutions in the hand of the government. It is only a vindication that we need a change. PDP is now a low life cabal, that is not fit for office. CHANGE MUST COME TO NIGERIA.

  • Wähala

    Metuh,
    The only vindication here is the APC’s claim that ugly Marilyn Ogar actually works for the PDP…your rush to claim glory is mere (further) proof of that. Nigerians have since given up on your evil cabal, the PDP…and, nice to see you sweating and rushing out press statements at every turn. The timing of agent Ogar’s release is suspect, why not ask your crumbs giver to release the forensic report on the NNPC with the same zeal and speed? You’re surely going to jail Olisa Metuh, you will rot in Kiri-Kiri… even for a day. Clown.

  • Olamide

    Olisa Metuh is an overfed cow…Your party has been vindicated(that sounded like a party looking for favour from Nigerians). Manipulation of report is even obvious. Point (1) You claimed the APC was cloning INEC’s Permanent Voters Card, PVC, and utilizing technologies to hack into the commission’s data base when we know fully well that the commission’s database is not even synchronized online. Point (2) The report of DSS’s investigation was not released immediately until after about 2 months( this has given PDP time to work with DSS in manipulating reports so as to depict the APC in a bad light.). PDP is a failed party. DSS has lost its primary objectives and this is a great cause for concern.

  • Suralab

    Olisah ketuh should stop all this bruhaha, Nigerians know what they want and they are in the best position to make choices. Crying wolf won’t buy Pdpigs vote but worsen their case, why does it take DSS so long to give account of what they claim to have against APC? We all know they have compromised. Pdp is a sinking ship with no survivor, fellow Nigerians should vote wisely come FeBUHARI and join the sailing ship. I submit

  • Ade

    Orisajefor should stop bringing CAN into politics. The last time I checked, katsina state is governed by a PDP governor. I don’t see any reason why a PDP governor and a staunch supporter of the president will persecute a church for supporting GEJ reelection.

  • Maria

    ‘Also speaking, the President of Hausa/Fulani/ Kanuri Christians, Ishaku Ahmed Dikko, a retired General, said, “It is pure religious persecution; the compound is owned by us and has been on for over 99 years. They believe that being Christians, we may likely support the government in power and the President (Goodluck Jonathan).” Is Katsina government, APC government? Is it not PDP government, a strong ally of the same Jonathan? Why are these people behaving like morons? Do they think we dont know that Katsina Governor and governments are die-hard supporters of GEJ? The same governor that recently charged his followers to kill opposition members?

  • Olu Ade

    Why does Everything has to do with religion and ethnicity in this country?

    If all patriotic Nigerians remove the ethnic and religious veil that we have used to cover our sense of reasoning, we will see the facts. FACTS not in doubt here are:
    1. Katsina governor and govt is PDP
    2. You need approved plan, proof of land ownership, tax certificates etc to build on your land. So, if the church has these papers, GO TO COURT, no governor is above the law
    3. TB Joshua calamity is still fresh in our memory, Did we learn any lesson from the killing of over 100 innocent souls?

  • endingNaija

    But Katsina state govt and governor is a PDP state and governor. Ayo Oritsejafor just in case you have developed dementia and amnesia, I will remind you of the following.
    1. You are a member of PDP.
    2. CAN under your leadership has been turned into a campaign office of Goodluck Jonathan.
    3. Katsina state govt and governor are PDP.
    4. So Katsina state govt and governor CANNOT be working for your opponent.
    So? Ayo Oritsejafor If you twist the issue, SPIN it LIE the way you have LIED, then we need to examine your brain and the brains of people in your Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria that you have packed into CAN. We really need to. My suspicion is that you have seen that your attempt to use CAN to campaign for Goodluck Jonathan has failed, you have seen that your attempt to define the election in religious terms has failed, you have seen that Nigerian voters will decide the election on the basis of ETHICS and GOVERNANCE, as a PDP PAID agent, you Ayo Oritsejafor are looking for ways to bring back religion your way into the electoral debate. But by the special grace of God you will fail. Your PAID contract has ended, you need to go now. Let me put it to you. I am not your regular online person. In terms of age, I have seen this country, as long as you have perhaps more. So I know people like you and the way you work as business men and PAID contractors while using religion as a masquerade. Let me conclude that I do NOT agree with what the so -called Katsina State Urban and regional Planning Board has done. I repeat I DO NOT. It is a SHAME that the so-called board will do that. Any sensible board Should NEVER try that at this moment for whatever reason even if they are talking FORMAL law and so-called procedure. But look Ayo Katsina Urban and Regional Planning board IS YOUR BOARD AS A MEMBER OF PDP. So what are you talking about. AYO GIVEN YOUR HURRIED STATEMENT WITHOUT PROPERLY READING AND WHILE FORGETTING THAT YOU AND THE GOV OF KATSINA STATE BELONG TO THE SAME PARTY, AYO , I REPEAT YOU HAVE EXPOSED YOURSELF AND YOUR DUBIOUS GAME. This should be an embarasment to you and your principal -the outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan. You are extremely dubious and your hurried statement here has exposed you. You should hide your head in shame if you have any honor left. You are PDP. And Katsina state govt and governor are PDP. Your candidate-Goodluck Jonathan is PDP. So sink in your contradiction and hide your head in SHAME Ayo. That is it. Now talk

    • Yusuf Gide

      THANK YOU FOR REPLYING HIM. AYO WAS ONLY MADE CAN PRESIDENT WITH THE INFLUENCE OF JONATHAN. HE HAS TO THEREFORE CAMPAIGN FOR JONATHAN AND PDP USING ALL METHODS OF ‘DIVIDE AND RULE’.
      AYO IS ONE OF THE VULTURES AROUND JONATHAN AND ASO ROCK THAT SOLD THEIR RELIGION FOR MONEY AS SAID AND CONDEMNED BY PASTOR MBAKA OF ENUGU.
      AYO, DON’T WE HAVE CHRISTIANS IN THE NORTH?

  • Dapostle007

    Violence,spiritual manipulations and even spiritual rigging cannot do the magic this time… we are wiser now to know that the time for the anticipated CHANGE is now.. APC for federal 2015.. #GMB,OSINBAJO