17 killed during stampede at Buhari’s rally - Wike alleges

17 killed during stampede at Buhari’s rally - Wike alleges

- Governor Wike has spoken about the tragic death of some APC members at the party's presidential campaign rally in Port Harcourt

- Wike claimed that no fewer than 17 people were left dead in the incident

- The governor's claim, however, contradicts earlier report of the police indicating that only four persons were killed while four others were injured

The Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, on Wednesday, February 13, alleged that 17 people were killed during a stampede that occurred at the presidential rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

This is contained in a statement sent to Legit.ng by the special assistant to the governor on electronic media.

The figures, however, go against the report of the police which had earlier indicated that four persons were killed while four others were injured.

The governor asked those singing “war songs” ahead of the elections to be ready to send their own children to lead the battle.

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Leader of the Non-indigenes, Emeka Onowu said the non-indigenes will support Wike's re-election. He said the victory of the governor is guaranteed because of his numerous projects.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that four people lost their lives at the APC presidential rally held in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.

The report had it that scores of persons sustained various degrees of injuries and have been evacuated to hospital for treatment, our correspondent learnt.

A witness account said that the victims were trapped at the exit gate of Adoki Amasiemeka Stardium as they tried to walk out of the stadium.

In a related development, President Buhari expressed sadness over the tragic death of some members of the APC in a stampede at the presidential campaign rally in Port Harcourt, Rivers.

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The president in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja, saidhe 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.

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