ABUJA: THE All Progressives Congress (APC) accused President Goodluck Jonathan of reneging on his pledge for a violent-free campaign next month.
This follows reports People’s Democratic Party (PDP) members shot APC supporters recently.
Gunmen alleged to be supporters of the PDP reportedly shot an unspecified number of supporters of the opposition while heading to the inaugural campaign of APC presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, in Rivers State on Tuesday.
PDP alleged an ex-militant who is a member of the PDP from the Gokana Local Government masterminded the attack.
The main opposition party said the acts of violence perpetrated against its supporters, some of whom were lying critical ill in hospital, on Tuesday occurred despite assurances by Jonathan as well as PDP Chairman, Adamu Muazu, that the general elections will be free, fair and peaceful.
The party said PDP officials had apparently been deceiving Nigerians that they intend to run an issues-based campaign, when their party’s stock in trade is “bare-faced violence and gangsterism.” “The assurances by the leadership of the PDP ring hollow when thugs affiliated with the party are ambushing peaceful and harmless supporters heading to a campaign rally.
“It is either the leadership is not sincere in its assurances or it has lost control of the party, which will both be dangerous for the country.” APC said on its part, it would document every act of violence against our members and supporters.
The party said the police must “act fast” to investigate Tuesday’s attack and bring the perpetrators to justice, in order to prevent acts of violence from marring the forthcoming polls.
It appealed to supporters of the party not to engage in retaliatory attacks, saying its commitment to a non-violent election remained unshaken.
“We appeal to our members and supporters to remain calm but vigilant, because the forces of darkness will never allow peace to reign. Our stated commitment to a peaceful election is sacrosanct, irrespective of the acts of provocation by the PDP,” the party said.
PDP had not commented on the allegations of violence.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY