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Wednesday, 6 March 2019
How Gunmen Opened Fire On APC Supporters At Rally In Akwa Ibom Today
At least three people have been reportedly injured, following an explosion at the campaign ground of the
All Progressive Congress APC
, at four lanes Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
The incident, it was gathered, occurred at about 7:30pm when gunmen arrived at the scene in a car, threw explosives before opening fire on unsuspecting public identified as members and supporters of the APC.
Eyewitnesses said the attackers carried out the operation within few seconds and sped off before security operatives at the premises could return fire.
Victims of the attack, including a woman, have been taken to an undisclosed hospital in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State for treatment.
It was gathered that two of them were in critical condition while the third victim, whose name was given as Mrs. Uduak Sunday, from Uyo, sustained an injury on her right leg.
While reacting to the incident, the spokesperson of APC Campaign Council in Akwa Ibom, Eseme Eyiboh, described the attack as “
another desperate attempt by the opposition party which started since the commencement of the Presidential and National Assembly elections.
According to him,
“This is another in the series of cowardly attempts at intimidating and cowing our party, the APC, and its supporters in the
to the March 9, 2019 governorship election in the state.
“Some months ago, unknown gunmen fired shots into the bedroom of the APC governorship candidate, Nsima Ekere, at his Ewet Housing Estate residence, with his family members narrowly escaping the attack.
“The attack at the campaign office is a confirmation of earlier intelligence received by our party of the likely attempt by the PDP to truncate the March 9, 2019 governorship polls in the state.
Intelligence at our disposal indicates that faced with imminent defeat at the polls, Gov. Emmanuel and the PDP have decided to disrupt the polls in Akwa Ibom state if they are prevented from carrying out another wholesale electoral robbery like the one they perpetrated during the presidential and National Assembly elections in collusion with the Independent National Electoral Commission.”
In its response, the PDP said APC was hunting itself, maintaining that it stands for Peace while APC stands for Warsaw.
In a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Ini Ememobong , the party said
”Our party has been notified of some careless rumors making the rounds that PDP members drove by the campaign office of the APC Governorship candidate and shot at their supporters.
“Nothing can be farther from the truth. How did the person know that the shooters were PDP members? Assuming there was any shooting?
The leadership of the APC should hide their faces in shame for such ignoble act of importing thugs from Edo state to cause
in Akwa Ibom
so that elections can be
. Our party is a party of peace and not war. We see God
” the party stated.
Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Akwa Ibom State Police Command, Mr. Odiko MacDon, could not be reached for an update on the issue as his phone line was not connecting. He could not respond to the text messages sent to his phone either.
Dr Olusola Coker
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