Burning of campaign office: Abe fingers Wike FeaturedWritten by EMMA OWHONDAH
Senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the March 19th re-run election in Rivers South East District, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, has fingered Governor Ezebuwon Nyesom Wike, in burning of his(Abe’s) campaign office. The senatorial candidate’s campaign office in Bori, headquarters of Khana local office was burnt down by suspected armed thugs whose identities remained unknown as at time of report. However, Abe, who is seeking a return to the senate has linked the incident to Wike’s desperate moves to truncate his election.
In a statement by Parry Saroh Benson, Spokesperson to Sen. Abe, on Monday, unidentified armed men clad in army uniform suspected to be thugs of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State, committed the dastardly act.
Quoting eye witnesses, Abe said that the criminals, who arrived the campaign office, and carrying sophisticated weapons, threw dynamites and bombs into the office with staffers and visitors as at the time of incident scampering for safety. It was further reported that some staffers and visitors who escaped had not yet been accounted for.
Abe recalled that only few days ago, Gov. Wike, while attending the 50th birthday celebration of a former Senator, Lee Maeba, in Luuwa, Khana Local Government Area in Rivers State, had charged PDP supporters in the senatorial district to stop Abe’s emergence “by all means”. Wike was quoted to have sad he would remain a sad Governor should Abe win the upcoming re-run.
“The event of today has clearly shown that the charge by the Governor to his supporters to stop Senator Abe has just begun by the attack on the senatorial liaison office”, the statement added.
Abe continued: “We view this attack as a cheap attempt to intimidate our supporters and so fear to participate in the forthcoming re-run election.
“I want to call on all our supporters and all law-abiding citizens of the Rivers South-East Senatorial District, especially the people of Ogoni, not to take laws in their hands nor do anything that will lead to loss of lives and property but to remain resolute and ready to participate fully in the forthcoming re-run election in the area.”
Abe added that “the struggle to liberate Ogoniland, Rivers State and particularly Rivers South East Senatorial District from the claws of political gangsters, criminals and thugs masquerading as political leaders cannot be won without sacrifice.”
While lamenting that the reign of impunity, violence and lawlessness has reached its zenith in Rivers State, Abe stated that “we do not need to wait until the Omoku experience repeat itself in Bori.” He called for the immediate attention of President Muhammadu Buhari, the police and other security agents in the State “to act fast in order to forestall further attacks by criminal gangs on the people.”