The Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) is furious about the Saturday attack on the Governor of Benue State, Mr. Samuel Ortom.
The PDP has therefore called on President Muhammadu Buhari to put the machinery in place to immediately boost security around the Governor and also order for the arrest and prosecution of his assailants.
A press statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan and posted on its official Twitter handle, the PDP expressed worries that this brazen attempt at Governor Ortom’s life was coming on the heels of his outspokenness in exposing those allegedly behind the incessant attacks of communities in the state.
The party therefore demanded that the Federal Government live up to its responsibility on the protection of life and property in the state.
@OfficialPDPNig wrote: “The @OfficialPDPNig vehemently condemns Saturday’s reckless attack and assassination attempt on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state by suspected bandits, reported to be killer herdsmen.
“The party calls on President @MBuhari to put machinery in motion by ordering an immediate manhunt, arrest and prosecution of the assailants and beef up security around the governor.
“The @OfficialPDPNig expresses shock 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.
“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 @OfficialPDPNig fears for the life of Governor Ortom and we urge Nigerians to hold the @OfficialAPCNg-led administration responsible over its failure to take a decisive step to check the escalated insecurity and brazen attacks on innocent Nigerians.
“The @OfficialPDPNig however calls on Governor 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 calls on the people of Benue 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.”