by DENNIS NAKU
…its assassination attempt —Govt
Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State escaped death by the whiskers yesterday evening when unknown persons suspected to be thugs fired gunshots and hauled stones at his entourage at Rumuolumeni in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state.
Obio/Akpor is the local government of the state’s Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate, Chief Nyesom Wike.
It was gathered that the suspected thugs attacked the governor and his entourage with bottles, stones and other dangerous objects while he and his team were on a door-to-door campaign in the area.
Soon afterwards, gunshots were fired at Amaechi’s convoy, even as two supporters of the All Progressives Congress, APC, sustained gunshot injuries.
It was also learnt that when the governor was leaving the community, bonfire was set up on the road to prevent him from leaving.
The police are yet to confirm the incident at the time of filing this report.
But, Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, in a statement said the incident was part of plans to attack and assassinate APC chieftains in the state by the PDP.
Mrs. Semenitari, who is also Director of Communications, Greater Together Campaign Organisations, said the governor’s convoy was ambushed.
The statement reads: “ In keeping with their plans to attack and assassinate chieftains and members of the All Progressives Congress, thugs of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, ambushed the convoy of Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, who was on a door-to-door campaign in Rumuolumeni, Obio/Akpor, Rivers State.
“Obio/Akpor is the home local government area of Nyesom Ezebunwo Wike, governorship candidate of the PDP.
“The thugs were repelled by the governor’s security personnel.
“However the PDP in Rivers State has concluded plans to launch house-to-house attack of APC chieftains in the state with the aid of security personnel.
“The APC wishes to draw the attention of the police and other security agents to this unwholesome development on the eve of the election scheduled for March 28th.
“It is more worrisome seeing that few days ago, a team of security personnel visited Governor Amaechi’s hometown to carry out a reconnaissance.
“The visit coincided with authoritative information that Governor Amaechi had been marked for assassination by a combined team of the army and state security service personnel.
“The Rivers State Government wishes to remind our security agencies that they owe their allegiance first of all to Nigeria and to its people.
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