Abiye Sekibo, the Director-General of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Council in Rivers State, says the policemen attached to Governor Nyesom Wike shot at his vehicle several times in the midnight of Thursday.
The former Minister of Transportation said he was attacked when he visited the proposed venue for the party’s presidential campaign at Rainbow town, near Amadi-Ama in Port Harcourt, after receiving a call that their equipment were set on fire.
Speaking to newsmen at his residence in Port Harcourt on Friday, Sekibo said the venue of the proposed rally had been barricaded by policemen.
He said: “At about 11:30pm to 12 am on Thursday, I received a call. The caller said the equipment at the site that was being prepared for the PDP presidential rally were on fire. I went with three policemen to go and see what was happening.
“As we approached the venue, we saw a line-up of police Hilux vehicles on the right side of the road and the policemen were looking at the fire. As we approached them, I told my driver to stop so that I can talk to the policeman. The next thing they opened fire on my vehicle.
“They kept shooting at the vehicle, so we drove off and we were shot at from all sides. I looked at those vehicles and they were police Hilux vehicles attached to the governor of Rivers State. When we got to a filling station, the police vehicles, five in number, drove past us, heading towards Ada George. This is what our state has been reduced to.”
Wike had reapproved the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium for the presidential campaign rally after withdrawing his initial approval. It was learnt that the campaign council did not have confidence in the fresh approval and opted for a different venue, which came under attack on Thursday midnight.
Sekibo said, “The site was being prepared but this governor, who said he was giving us the stadium to use, cannot stand us preparing another site for a rally he doesn’t want us to hold. He sent policemen attached to him to go and destroy the equipment at the place. He has barricaded the place with government house police to make sure that the media doesn’t go to the site to video the equipment that are on fire.
He called on the Inspector-General of Police to caution the policemen attached to the governor.
“They want anarchy in Rivers State; they have attacked supporters of Atiku Abubakar over and over and we have been complaining to the law enforcement agencies. We have written to the police and have done everything we can. I call on President Muhammadu Buhari to please caution the governor of Rivers State.”
He stressed that the PCC in the state would not be cowed and that they remained firmly in support of Atiku.