Lagos - The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has alleged an assassination attempt on Governor, Chibuike Amaechi.
Rivers APC Chairman, Dr Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, said that the attempt took place on Thursday at the Rumuolumeni area of Port Harcourt, the state capital.
He alleged some unidentified gun-wielding youths who had first blocked the exit route of the governor’s convoy made the attempt.
Ikanya said as the suspected killers advanced to where Amaechi was addressing supporters of his party for the final leg of the party’s door-to-door campaign in Obio/Akpor, the governor’s security details returned fire. They shielded Amaechi to safety.
“All the same, we thank God for his divine intervention, if not, the story would have been different,” Ikanya said.
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According to the opposition, unconfirmed reports stated that a certain number of men had allegedly been commissioned to kill Amaechi on Saturday in Ubima, Ikwerre local government when he is scheduled to cast his vote during the Presidential election.
“To add to our travails, the Port Harcourt residence of our gubernatorial candidate, Dr Dakuku Peterside, has been cordoned off while 35 APC leaders have been arrested in the past 24 hours for no just cause,” Ikanya stated.
He blamed the State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of working in cahoots with the police on what is code-named ‘Operation Holocaust.’
The operation allegedly started on Thursday and would involve a house-to-house attack on APC members in Rivers.
APC senior officials are said to be targeted as part of an alleged campaign to intimidate party leaders and supporters during the election.
Rivers State, which is an APC stronghold, is among the areas tat have experience the highest incients of violence ahead of polls.