Supporters rides in a campaign bus of Nigeria's leading opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari and his unning mate Yemi Osinbajo in Lagos on January 24, 2015. Unknown gunmen stormed and bombed the site of a ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Lagos - The opposition All Progressives Congress, in an unprecedented development, has hailed the Nigeria Police for investigating against the attack on its supporters in the Rivers State.
“I commend the Inspector General of Police, Alh. Suleiman Abba, for directing that the Okrika attempt on our lives should be investigated,” said Rivers State APC Chairman, Davies Ibiamu Ikanya.
His commendation came after the police leader ordered a probe into the disturbances in the port town.
The area, where some lives were lost during a shooting incident at a campaign the opposition party recently, is one of a number of places that have highlighted the violence characterizing the run-up to the general elections.
“We wish that those behind this devilish attack are promptly arrested. If not our lives will not be safe anymore,” Ikanya said.
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APC, which controls the state, has fingered officials from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the perpetration violence against its supports.
Ikanya urged the local electorate to demonstrate its opposition to violence by shunning PDP during the election.
“To the people of Rivers State, the choice of stopping further promotion of violence lies in their hands by ensuring that all the candidates fielded by PDP in Rivers State are voted against to punish them for making our State a mockery before the international community. The choice before them is to choose between darkness and light, devil and God, between occultic forces and Christianity, between democracy and anti-democracy forces. The choice is ours to make.”
He called on the international community to monitor proceeding ahead of the polls scheduled for late March and early April.
“We can no longer fold our arms and watch while we are being viciously attacked and slaughtered by people whose mission and vision in politics is to spread violence as their own way of grabbing power, having seen that they have been overwhelmingly rejected by the electorate.”
APC has previously accused police and other state security organs of complicity in the violation of the rights of its supporters.