Abuja - All Progressives Congress (APC)
candidate in the Rivers South East Senatorial District re-run election, Magnus Abe,
has called on party supporters to “respond” to attacks he blamed on the
People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
This is the latest development in a series of violent
tensions between the two biggest parties in the country, who are sworn rivals
in the Rivers State.
Addressing media at a conference in Port Harcourt, the
capital of the oil-rich state, Abe said the call on APC supporters in the
region came after a “careful” review of the security situation.
“From today (Wednesday), if anybody opens fire on members of
the APC anywhere in my senatorial district, there will be a response,” warned
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“From now on, we will defend ourselves. We will protect our
members and do whatever is necessary to secure our lives and secure the lives
of our members.”
Abe’s sentiments come days after the violence that marred
The United Kingdom and United States earlier this week
denounced the hostilities that saw electoral officials caught in the crossfire.
Abe, ironically blamed by the PDP for masterminding
violence, commended APC supporters for restraining themselves thus far.
“In the face of death and threat, they have been compelled
to behave like women and children, when they obviously have the capacity to
defend themselves, out of respect for me.”
- CAJ News