Monday, 9 February 2015

Benue - PDP Flays APC Over Shooting of Supporters

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Benue State has challenged the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state to fish out the thugs that shot at one of its supporters during a rally at Gbajimba, Guma Local Government Area of the state.

Guma LGA where Emmanuel Ayila was left with a head injury from a gunshot last Thursday is the hometown of the APC governorship candidate in the state, Samuel Ortom.

The PDP argued that it is only when the APC produces those that carried out the attack that it would be exonerated from the act because this is the second time their supporters have been shot at.

Director-General, Tarzoor/Ngbede Campaign Organisation, Iyorwuese Hagher, who made the charge while speaking with newsmen in Makurdi, the state capital on Friday, described the development as "evil, unfortunate, undemocratic."

According to him, the team was in the area to campaign for the PDP governorship candidate when some hoodlums from the area attacked them. The incident had caused pandemonium at the rally and disorganised the event.

Hagher gave and instance when on January 31, 2015 the APC's supporters at Badede in Vadeikya LGA also shot a PDP supporter, Denen Mede.

While he observed that though the PDP had the capacity to retaliate at both occasions, it did not take such action, Hagher advised politicians to watch their utterances because, "verbal violence instigates physical violence."

He insisted that the immediate past governor of the state, George Akume, "failed because he had a myopic view of governance."

He pointed out that because Akume had an individualist view of governance, men like him should not be given the opportunity to govern.

Hagher also described Akume's performance at the Senate as Minority Leader as dismal.

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