There was mild pandemonium on Monday evening as the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Rivers State, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe escaped assassination after his campaign train was attacked by some yet-to-be-identified gunmen at Akinima community in Ahoada-West local government area of the State.
Abe and his team had earlier visited Ubeta and other communities in the area before heading to Akinima, which is the headquarters of the local government area, when they came under heavy gun attack.
A short video from his media team showed members of the campaign train running helter-skelter scampering for safety in the ensuing chaos.
Speaking on the development, Abe said: “We went there and they went and used two vehicles to block the road so that we cannot get there.
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‘Nigeria is a democracy and all of us have the right to go to the people and share our ideas with them. If you have ruled the people for seven years, the people should be happy with you.
‘If people are not happy with you it is because you are not doing well. Now, you are sending people’s children to come and block other politicians from talking to the people.’
The SDP governorship candidate, however, did not specifically mention those he was referring to as the culprits.
In another report, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has vowed to ‘hit back’ at the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over what he described as anti-party activities which they reportedly carried out.
Speaking at the PDP Etche Local Government Area (LGA) campaign rally in Rivers State on Monday, Wike accused the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party of colluding with the opposition in the state.
Africa Today News, New York reports that this disclosure is coming amid a months-long feud between the G5 or Integrity Group – made up of Wike and four other PDP governors (Benue, Oyo, Abia, and Enugu) – and the PDP leadership for its alleged disregard for equity, fairness, and justice.