Dr. Dakuku Peterside, governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Rivers State has condemned the unfortunate death of a Major in the Nigerian Army and two other soldiers in Abonnema, headquarters of Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of the state.
Peterside who spoke in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital said Governor Nyesom Wike and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP are again culpable in this latest tragedy, given their proclivity for 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.”