The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in 2015 General Elections in Rivers state, Dr Dakuku Adol Peterside has condemned the death of a Nigerian Major and two others who lost their lives after some unknown gunmen attacked troops on patrol in Abonnema, Akuku Toru local government area of Rivers State.
In a statement released in Port Harcourt and signed by his Media Aide, Sylvester Asoya, Dr Peterside alleged that the murder of the military officers is as fallout from the penchant of Governor Wike and the PDP to issuing “provocative statements and threats, both to the citizenry and security officials.”
“What has happened today reinforces our earlier position on the conflagration that is capable of resulting from the hate speeches of Wike and members of the PDP.
“How can this needless loss of lives be explained on the eve of an election? Those who are responsible for these unnecessary deaths and violence in Rivers State have indeed taken Rivers State and the entire country for a ride for too long.
“But we must not continue like this. This is a re-run election, not war. We have all watched in the last couple of weeks, the governor’s utterances and instructions and we know that the fruits from his inciting speeches would be harvested in a matter of time. The world can now see the consequences of those statements
“I think this madness must stop. Even as we prepare for this re-run election, there are information making the round that over 3000 boys have already been imported into Abonema for Saturday elections from neighbouring Delta and Bayelsa States. This is where we find ourselves today but we must all wake up and save Rivers State before it is too late.”
A statement issued by the Nigerian Army and signed by Captain Eli Lazarus confirmed the unfortunate incidence and urged all law abiding citizens to go about their lawful activities even as the Army vows to pursue and bring to book all those involved in the criminal act. The statement adds that the Nigerian Army will “continue to make necessary sacrifices to to ensure sustainable peace, security of lives and property of all.”