President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the reports of deaths of some people during his campaign rally in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
According to Pulse ng, President Buhari expressed sadness over the tragic death of some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in a stampede at the presidential campaign rally in Port Harcourt, Rivers, on Tuesday.
In a statement issued by a presidential spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu in Abuja, President Buhari extended deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims.
He also wished a speedy recovery to all those injured.
The President described the deaths as “needless loss of lives and an anti-climax to a highly successful outing” in the oil city that could have been averted if there was an orderly exit from the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium.
“It is indeed a great tragedy that Nigerians who have important roles to play in shaping the future of the country and had come to see and hear from us how hard their government is working to build a Nigeria of their dreams, would meet their end in this unfortunate circumstance.
“I assure the people, with all sense of responsibility, that the party and the government will do everything possible to ensure the well-being and safety of our citizens as they troop out to attend rallies and all other political events,” he said.
President Buhari assured the government and the people of Rivers State as well as the affected families of the support and prayers of the Federal Government during this difficult time.
The President prayed Almighty God to grant the souls of the deceased repose.
In another development, the Federal Government said that it has uncovered plans by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to cause chaos ahead of the elections.
According to Vanguard, this was made known by the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, in Abuja.
According to the minister, the PDP is planning to hold a world press conference where it will give false narratives about the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and President Buhari.
He also said that another conference will be held on Thursday, February 14, 2019, to accused the APC of working with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to rig the polls.
”As electioneering campaign winds down, the PDP has realised that it cannot possibly win a free, fair and credible polls. It has thus resorted to engaging in red herring, hauling insults and abuses at federal government and ruling party officials and making outlandish allegations with a view to creating a sense of panic and crisis.
”The truth is that President Muhammadu Buhari, a man respected globally for his integrity, has continuously assured that the elections will be free, fair, credible and peaceful. He has warmly welcomed observers, both local and foreign., because he has nothing to hide, and because he is sure that the achievements of his Administration will win him re-election.
”We are therefore calling on all Nigerians and the international community to disregard any attempt to scuttle or discredit the polls. We urge observers to keep an open mind. There is no cause for alarm, except in the warped imagination of the PDP, which has entered the panic mode and is already ruing the loss of another general election even before it has been held,”Mohammed added.
Meanwhile, the PDP has filed a suit against Buhari at the Federal High Court in Abuja for allowing two Governors from Niger Republic attend his presidential rally in Kano state.
The party also accused the APC of sponsoring the burning of INEC offices across the country.
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