Lagos - The All Progressives Congress (APC) has dismissed allegations by the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) the former’s supporters shot and killed ruling party supporters in the region this past weekend.
Chris Finebone, Rivers State Publicity Secretary of the opposition party, described the allegation two members of the PDP had been killed as “highly mendacious and spurious.”
“As much as the allegation is wild and without substance, we are convinced that the Nigerian Police and other security agencies now have Mr. Jerry Needam and his Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah to assist them in uncovering the identities of those behind the killing, if there was any. This is predicated on their express assertion accusing the APC, meaning that they know those involved in the alleged sinister act,” Finebone said.
He said his party could only observe that the PDP had established, over time, a pattern of raising spurious and unfounded accusations whenever it has hatched a plan to cause mayhem to the APC or even to their members.
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“In line with that established pattern, the PDP unleashed mayhem when it’s suspected members and hirelings went on rampage and completely destroyed all APC posters, billboards and other outdoor signage in Akukutoru Local Government Area of Rivers State, preparatory to the visit of their Governorship candidate, Nyesom Wike, to Abonnema, the Akukutoru LGA headquarters.”
Amid the allegations brought forward by the ruling party, APC said it was counting its losses after PDP supporters allegedly gunned down opposition followers.
“The sordid memory of the shooting of our members in Khana, Akukutoru and Asaritoru by suspected PDP members, whose only crime was embarking on a journey to be part of the Buhari/Osinbajo Campaign Flag-off last Tuesday, is still fresh in the minds of peace-loving people of Rivers State,” Finebone stated.
The opposition said all empirical evidence point to the PDP, whose officials were not available for comment, resorting to violence at the slightest opportunity.
“We call on the Nigerian Police and all security agencies to be bold enough to carry out their constitutional responsibilities by reining in these primitive men of yesterday who do not understand, or worse still, accept the tenets of modern democratic behavior,” Finebone added.