Tonye Cole escapes assassination as Rivers political meeting ends in a shootout Tonye Cole escapes assassination as Rivers political meeting ends in a shootout
The factional governorship candidate of the APC in Rivers State has escaped an apparent assassination attempt, according to media reports reaching Today’s Echo According... Tonye Cole escapes assassination as Rivers political meeting ends in a shootout

The factional governorship candidate of the APC in Rivers State has escaped an apparent assassination attempt, according to media reports reaching Today’s Echo

According to media sources, a Bloodbath was averted on Friday, November 16, 2018, at Old Bakana as gunmen opened heavy gunfire on Amaechi-backed Tonye Cole and his team as they were carrying out ward-to-ward consultation in the community.

In a statement signed and made available to journalists by Chief Chidi Lloyd, DG, Tonye Cole Campaign Organisation explained that, “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.”

According to the statement, “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.”

The statement reads: “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 yesterday, 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.”

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