The Rivers State Chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, has alerted the public, that its Governorship Candidate in the 2019 elections, Tonye Cole, and his team, were attacked at Bakana, in Kalabari land.
This was made known in a statement signed by the Chidi Lloyd, the Director-General of Tonye Cole’s Campaign Organisation, which was made available to Post-Nigeria, on Saturday.
The statement revealed that it took the Security detachment attached to the APC Candidate, to repel the attackers from advancing to kill Tonye Cole.
The statement reads in full:
Blood bath was averted at Old Bakana, as gun men alleged to be sponsored by a PDP serving Commissioner in Nyesom Wike’s government, from the area, opened heavy gun fire on Pastor Tonye Cole and his team, as they were carrying out ward-to-ward consultation in the community.
On arrival at the community and as is usual with the team, Tonye Cole, and other Leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on the delegation, had gone to pay a courtesy call on the Traditional Head of the community, prior to commencement of the exercise, when heavy gunfire erupted from all directions of the community.
Pastor Tonye Cole immediately showed courage and leadership, by ordering his team members to remain calm indoors, while the security detachment attached to the team were allowed to repel the advancing armed attackers.
It took a while before the marauding gunmen were repelled by the security men and the area secured. Subsequently, Pastor Cole directed that the exercise must go on at the designated arena, after which the team departed to Bakana Town, to continue with the exercise.
The Tonye Cole Campaign Organisation and APC, vehemently condemn the dastardly act of today, reminiscent of what was carried out in 2015, against the APC and its Governorship Candidate in Okrika, and other similar incidents carried out by PDP, and their gunmen across Rivers State.
We recall, that just instead of the PDP to tackle its internal crisis that has snowballed into open confrontation between them in Ikwerre Local Government, found it convenient to blame APC members. We alerted the world that the PDP Leaders were merely pointing at the APC to cover up their internal turmoil. We also emphasised the fact that it was a ploy to prepare the grounds for them to commence another round of bloody attacks on APC members in the State. In just about 24 hours, our fears have manifested.
We would like to reiterate that the Governorship Candidate of our party, Pastor Tonye Cole, is a God-fearing gentleman, whose only driving force to lead Rivers State, is hinged on his conviction that every aspect of Rivers society is broken, and needs urgent mending. He believes that if our youths are given jobs, they will not make themselves available for such criminal enterprise, as was exhibited today.
Let us serve notice that forces of darkness behind today’s violence and their allies, will never be able to deter, intimidate, or stop Pastor Tonye Cole and his supporters from the task of providing the enabling environment to mend and pull our society out of backwardness, poverty, and from the abyss of bad governance.
We call on the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Director of State Security Service, and other Security Agencies, to thoroughly and diligently investigate the incident of today, and all such incidents, with a view to bringing to justice those directly and indirectly behind them.
Chief Chidi Lloyd, PhD
DG, Tonye Cole Campaign Organisation