By Davies Iheamnachor
PORT HARCOURT—An alleged attack on People’s Democratic Party, PDP, chieftains on a ward-to-ward Permanent Voters’ Card, PVC, sensitisation in Ipo Community, Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers state has reportedly left one dead with many others with bullet wounds.
However, the spokesman of Rivers State Police Command, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, who confirmed the incident, said the police are not aware that anyone died in the incident.
Omoni noted that the attack was carried out by yet to be identified gunmen, adding that three persons sustained wounds.
It was learnt that the PDP chieftains had visited Ipo community for a ward-to-ward Permanent Voters’ Card, PVC, sensitisation when the yet to be identified gunmen struck.
It was also learned that Chairman of the council, Mr. Samuel Nwanosike, who narrowly escaped assassination, has been taken to a health facility for treatment.
A source privy to the incident, who pleaded anonymity, disclosed that the gunmen numbering over 30 fully armed invaded the event and shot sporadically.
The source also disclosed that killers vandalised many cars, adding that Nwanosike and other chieftains of the party, who attended the event, only escaped because they drove in a bullet proof vehicle.
The source said: “At the peak of the PDP event at Ipo gunmen entered and opened fire. Our leaders narrowly escaped assassination from the scene.
“The boys numbering over 30 chased out leaders, who were in a bullet proof car, and they shot many bullets at the car. They escaped because vehicle is bullet proof.”
APC leaders masterminded attack—PDP
The Publicity Secretary of PDP in the state, Hon. Darlington Orji, accused the leaders of the All Progressives Congress in the area of the attack.
Orji, who confirmed the development to Vanguard yesterday, stated that the party lost one person in the attack, adding that many others sustained bullet wounds.
He said: “Our party went forward-to-ward PVC sensitisation in Ipo and we were attacked by APC sponsored thugs.
“Precisely, on the 5th of November at ward two Isiokpo, the Chairman of Ikwerre LGA, Samuel Nwanosike, made it open that there was a meeting going on at Afrique Hotel. All the leaders of APC in the LGA engaged one School Boy, who was declared wanted by the state government, to attack us.
“They attacked us around 2.pm. They killed one of our members. We have informed the security agencies of the threats and signal we received and it has happened.”
We know nothing about it—APC
But, APC, in a swift response, denied knowledge of the attack, adding that the attackers are allies of PDP, who feel abandoned by the party.
The Publicity Secretary of the party, Chris Finebone, said: “We know nothing about what they are saying. We understand their attackers are their former allies who killed and maimed APC members in 2015 and subsequent rerun elections who feel abandoned by the PDP.
“At least, that’s the information we are hearing. If they truly had credible information about complicity of anyone, why didn’t they approach security agents for arrests and investigation?
“Our real worry is that the PDP know that they brought this on themselves. They only want to use it to lay a foundation for a fresh narrative that will kick start fresh round of violence as the 2019 elections approach. You know that they thrive on violence.”