Port Harcourt - The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Rivers State, Dr Dakuku Peterside, has called off his planned campaign tour of Ogu/Bolo local government area in honour of the victims of the violence in Okrika on Tuesday.
Heavily-armed gunmen believed to have been led by Evans Bipi, a Personal Assistant to First lady. Patience Jonathan, are blamed for the death of two people including a police officer.
Peterside’s rally scheduled for Wednesday has since been postponed.
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“The decision to call-off the Ogu/Bolo campaign by Dr. Dakuku Peterside, the APC Governorship candidate, was in honour of those killed by the gunmen who attacked the APC campaign on Tuesday in Okrika.
"Peterside is grieved over the losses and has sympathised with the families of those killed while wishing the injured quick recovery,” Ibim Semenitari, Director of Communications, Greater Together Campaign Organisation, said.
The statement further explained that Peterside and the APC stood firmly by the non-violence Peace Accord signed by political parties in Rivers State, brokered by the Embassy of the United States of America.
“Despite this deliberate, well-co-ordinated attack on the APC governorship candidate and APC supporters, the candidate and party stand firm to the spirit and letter of the Non-violence Peace Accord brokered by the American Embassy in Nigeria.”
Interparty violence has characterised the period leading to the elections recently rescheduled for next month and April.
– CAJ News
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