- President Muhammadu Buhari expresses sadness over the death of four people at the APC rally in Port Harcourt
- Buhari says the incident that led to the death of those he called APC members was avoidable
- The president promises that his administration will support the Rivers government and people at this trying period
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, February 12, expressed sadness over the tragic death of some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in a stampede at the presidential campaign rally in Port Harcourt, Rivers.
The president reacted through a statement issued by his spokesperson, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja, saying he was extending his deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims.
In the statement, Buhari also wished a speedy recovery to all those injured.
The president described the deaths “needless loss of lives and an anti-climax to a highly successful outing.”
He said the incident could have been averted if there was an orderly exit from the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium.
“It is indeed a great tragedy that Nigerians who have important roles to play in shaping the future of the country and had come to see and hear from us how hard their government is working to build a Nigeria of their dreams, would meet their end in this unfortunate circumstance.
“I assure the people, with all sense of responsibility, that the party and the government will do everything possible to ensure the well-being and safety of our citizens as they troop out to attend rallies and all other political events,” he said.
While assuring the government and the people of Rivers state as well as the affected families of the support and prayers of the federal government during this difficult time, he also prayed Almighty God to grant the souls of the deceased repose.
Legit.ng earlier reported that at the rally, President Muhammadu Buhari reacted to the exclusion of the APC in Rivers state from the forthcoming elections, saying he was disturbed by the development.
A high court in Rivers had barred the party from conducting primaries to nominate candidates to represent the party in the elections.
The high court judgement was based on a suit filed by the Rivers APC faction led by Magnus Abe, a serving senator who was also interested in the party’s governorship ticket.
Also in Bayelsa, the president reportedly vowed to ensure the recovery of the $16 billion allegedly wasted on the power sector during the reign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), particularly under the administration of former president Olusegun Obasanjo.
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