The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged Nigerians to hold the All Progressives Congress APC-led administration responsible over what it calls its failure to take a decisive step to check the “escalated insecurity and brazen attacks on innocent Nigerians.”
The PDP stated this on Saturday in a statement issued by its Spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, while reacting to the attack on Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom by suspected herdsmen.
Ortom was attacked earlier on Saturday by suspected militia herdsmen at Tyo-mu village, along Makurdi – Gboko road, while inspecting his farm.
Ortom is one governor who, has always spoken against the actions of alleged herdsmen who have been responsible for the insecurity experienced of recent in the country.
Ologbondiyan condemned vehemently, the attack on the governor and called on President Muhammadu Buhari to put machinery in motion by ordering an immediate manhunt, arrest and prosecution of the assailants as well as beef up security around the governor.
He expressed the shock of the party that the assailants trailed Governor Ortom and opened fire on him and his aides along Makurdi/Gboko road, in an attack that by every indication is aimed to assassinate the governor.
The PDP spokesman said, “Our party is worried that this brazen attempt at Governor Ortom’s life is coming on the heels of his outspokenness in exposing those allegedly behind the incessant attacks of communities in the state and demanding that the Federal Government to live up to its responsibility on the protection of life and property in the state.
“The PDP fears for the life of Governor Ortom and we urge Nigerians to hold the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration responsible over its failure to take a decisive step to check the escalated insecurity and brazen attacks on innocent Nigerians.”
He however called on Ortom not to be deterred by the attack but to remain courageous and at alert, at all times while providing leadership to the people of his state.
The party also called on the people of the state to be calm and vigilant while providing useful information to security agencies to flush bandits and criminal elements out of the state and other parts of the country.