“I Stand With APC”, Atiku Condemns ‘Explosion’ at Rally in Wike’s State, Makes Strong Demand
- PDP flagbearer, Atiku Abubakar has condemned the recent incident that happened during the APC rally in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital
- The former vice president noted that such a development poses a great threat to the country's democracy
- Atiku, who is at loggerheads with the Rivers State Governor, called for the prosecution of the promoters of such acts
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has condemned the incident which happened on Thursday, January 19, at an All Progressives Congress (APC) rally in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
While the APC claimed it was an explosion leading to five deaths and several injuries, the police say it was a fracas between members of Rumuwoji community over the sharing formula for the money paid to them for renting the playground where the event took place.
Atiku reveals what should be done
In his reaction, Atiku said such an incident should have no place in the country’s democracy.
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In a post shared on his Facebook page, on Thursday night and sighted by Legit.ng and Friday, January 20th, Atiku said,
“There should be no place for violence and anti-democratic manifestations in this election. We’ve already committed to that in the peace pact we all signed up to. Elections are not a do-or-die affair but an opportunity to reinforce our belief in democracy through our leadership choices via adult suffrage,” the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate said late Thursday.
‘Standing with APC’
The former vice president condoled with the APC and the families of the victims, maintaining that “elections and the choices we make should be about the ballot and not the bullet.
“On behalf of my team, I stand in solidarity with the APC and the families of the injured. I wish the injured a quick recovery.
“Once again, I call on security agencies to ensure that those behind this dastardly act, including their promoters, are brought to justice to serve as a deterrent to copycats who may be emboldened to thread this same anti-democratic path.”
PDP crisis: Disquiet in Delta as Ibori supports APC Senatorial Candidate
In a twist, the former governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori, has made a move that has thrown the Peoples Democratic Party in Delta state into fresh crisis.
This is as a result of Ibori throwing his weight behind the ambition of the Delta South Senatorial Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 general election, Hon Joel Onowakpo-Thomas.
Ibori made this disclosure on Wednesday, January 18th, when the senatorial candidate visited the former governor in his country home in Oghara, Ethiope West LGA, as part of his campaign and consultations to realise his dream of succeeding Senator James Manager, in the upper chamber of the National Assembly through next month’s election.
Jubilation as court gives final verdict on disqualification of APC candidates in top southern state
In another development, the appeal court in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital, has reversed the judgment of the Federal High Court that disqualified all candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from taking part in the 2023 elections in the state.
Justice Emmanuel Obile of the Federal High Court, in a suit filed against the APC by George Orlu and 4 others, ruled that the party did not adhere to due process in the delegate selection that voted during the APC primaries.
A court sitting in Port Harcourt nullified the APC primaries in the state over the alleged exclusion of some members of the party's delegates.