Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, has accused Patience Jonathan of masterminding the attack on members and supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Okrika, Rivers State on February 17, Tuesday.
Amaechi, according to Premium Times, made these allegations in Abuja after the enlarged APC leaders meeting at the Shehu Yar’Adua centre yesterday.
The governor said: “Again, as usual, the wife of the president won’t allow the APC hold rally in that place (Okrika). The wife of the president and the governorship candidate of Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers again organized thugs to disrupt APC rally. As usual, the police couldn’t protect us, over 200 police men.
I asked the commissioner of police and he said they have over 200 policemen there. Yet, three explosions and then they opened fire on members of APC. The Channels TV reporter I hear, is injured, stabbed, and members of APC injured.
“We had meetings with DSS (Directorate of State Security) and police and they confirmed we could go ahead. There were 200 policemen and there were over 20 to 30 DSS men who came there and they did nothing.”
Amaechi condemned in strong terms the act of violence and expressed disappointment over the inability of law enforcement agents to protect the APC party members despite having earlier assured the party of security and given approval for the campaign to hold.
In a separate development, President Goodluck Jonathan few days ago addressed Nigerians asking to support him during the upcoming general elections as he plans to continue getting Nigeria on its feet.
Jonathan said he has only started to develop the country. He promised to continue his programmes and lead Nigerian to its greatness if re-elected.