The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State has been told that the resort to violence will not save it from being disgraced during next month’s general elections.
The ruling party in the State, the All Progressives Congress (APC), made this declaration, Saturday, in a statement by Eze Chukwuemeka, media assistant to its Chairman, Davies Ikanya.
The statement came in reaction to the violence unleashed by gunmen suspected to be PDP supporters, on APC supporters who were on their way to the Adokiye Amiesimaka Sports Complex, Port Harcourt, on Tuesday for the APC Presidential Rally.
The APC alleged that “gunmen believed to be hired by PDP leaders had opened fire on the APC supporters from Asari Toru and Khana local governments, leaving eight of them in critical condition and battling for their dear lives at the intensive care unit of the Kesley Harrison Hospital, Port Harcourt. The attacks took place at Abalama in Asari Toru local government and Kira in Tai local government on Tuesday, respectively.”
Berating PDP for the incident, Rivers APC Chairman, Mr. Ikanya, said: “We wish to strongly condemn this resort to violence by the drowning PDP, which, despite all our entreaties, has failed to see that politics is not war but a democratic way of allowing the people to voluntarily choose their leaders.”
Stating further, “It is unfortunate that rather than heed our previous advice to honourably withdraw from the governorship election to avoid being disgraced, PDP leaders prefer to unleash violence on APC faithful. We, however, wish to assure them that we shall neither be intimidated nor stoop so low to embrace violence since we cannot take up arms against the very people whose mandate we are seeking through the forthcoming polls,” Mr. Ikanya maintained.
While extending sympathy to the victims of the attacks, APC promised it would not abandon them but be committed to their quick recuperation.
The party expressed gratitude to Chibuike Amaechi, the Rivers State governor and Director-General APC Presidential Campaign Organisation, for “ordering the very best medical attention for the shot APC members.”
It also commended the party’s governorship candidate, Dakuku Peterside, for paying a sympathy visit to the victims of the attack.