By Harris Emmanuel
UYO—All Progressives Congress, APC, has condemned attacks by unknown gunmen on its campaign grounds on Tuesday night, which have left at least three persons injured.
Vanguard gathered that the gunmen, who arrived the expansive grounds at about 7:30p.m. in a car, threw dynamite into the premises before opening fire on members and supporters of the party.
It was also gathered that training programme for APC agents for Saturday’s governorship and House of Assembly elections was going on at the campaign grounds when the incident occurred.
Spokesman of APC Campaign Council in Akwa Ibom, Eseme Eyiboh, said: “This is another in the series of cowardly attempts at intimidating and cowing our party, APC, and its supporters in the build up to the March 9 governorship election in the state.
“Some months ago, unknown gunmen fired shots into the bedroom of the APC governorship candidate, Obong Nsima Ekere, at his Ewet Housing Estate residence, with his family members narrowly escaping the attack.
“The attack at the campaign office is a confirmation of earlier intelligence received by our party of the likely attempt by PDP to truncate the March 9 governorship polls in the state.
“We maintain that no desperation for an undeserved second term is worth the blood of any Akwa Ibom citizen.”
PDP, in a tersely-worded statement by its Publicity Secretary, Ini Ememobong, described the allegations as “careless rumour.”
His statement read: “Our party has been notified of some careless rumours making the rounds that PDP members drove by the campaign office of APC governorship candidate and shot at their supporters.
“Nothing can be farther from the truth. How did the person know that the shooters were PDP members, assuming there was any shooting?”
At press time, calls made to the Police Public Relations Officer, Macdon Odiko, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, to confirm the incident were not answered.