The All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have continued to throw blames at each other over an explosion that occurred at the campaign ground of the APC along Four Lane, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
Three persons were reported to have been injured in the incident that occurred about 7.30pm on Tuesday.
Eyewitnesses report that some gunmen arrived the venue in a car, threw explosives, before opening fire and sped off before security operatives at the premises could return fire.
Two of the victims were said to have been rushed to an undisclosed hospital.
But the APC spokesperson, Eseme Eyiboh, was quick to blame the PDP.
He said, “This is another in the series of cowardly attempts at intimidating and cowing our party, the APC, and its supporters in the build-up to the March 9, 2019 governorship election in the state.
“Some months ago, unknown gunmen fired shots into the bedroom of the APC governorship candidate, 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 the PDP to truncate the March 9, 2019 governorship polls in the state.
“Intelligence at our disposal indicates that, faced with imminent defeat at the polls, Governor Emmanuel and the PDP have decided to disrupt the polls in Akwa Ibom State if they are prevented from carrying out another wholesale electoral robbery like the one they perpetrated during the presidential and National Assembly elections in collusion with the Independent National Electoral Commission.”
Also in his reacting, the PDP Publicity Secretary, Ini Ememobong, said, ”Our party has been notified of some careless rumours making the rounds that PDP members drove to the campaign office of the 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?
“The leadership of the APC should hide their faces in shame for such an ignoble act of importing thugs from Edo State to cause crisis in Akwa Ibom state, so that elections can be cancelled.
“Our party is a party of peace and not war. We see God not Warsaw.”
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