The governorship candidate of the Accord Party in Rivers State, Dumo Lulu-Briggs, escaped assassination on Saturday during a visit to the Etche Local Government Area of the state.
Lulu-Briggs and his team had gone to the LGA to ascertain reports of an attack on the Accord secretariat in the area when unidentified gunmen attacked his convoy.
His bulletproof vehicle was riddled with bullets, even as he managed to manoeuvre out of the area with the help of security men.
Speaking to newsmen, Lulu-Briggs confirmed the attack, stating that he was informed that the party’s secretariat in Igbo-Etche, Etche LHA was attacked, which necessitated his visit there.
He said that while on his the miscreants opened fire and rained bullets on his convoy.
According to him, “We got a very damning report that our party secretariat was attacked by an organised PDP gang.
“So we had to go round to see what was going on in our secretariat. On our way there, the same boys opened fire.
“They attacked us, destroyed our vehicles., they shot at my vehicle. You can see my car. All my windscreen, and glasses chattered.
“The whole convoy shot at, shot at people. It is terrible. I don’t understand what this has turned into. It’s a jungle state now, a lawless place.
“We will not be allowed to campaign and Rivers people will decide who will be their Governor, their Senators, you know. It is not by violence or attaching people.
“These things must stop. It is not a kangaroo state. We have a country. I tried to reach the commissioner of police, but i couldn’t get him. But i sent him a message by text.
“I hope that he will hear my message and then call me. This nonsense has to stop.”
Continuing, he said, “The Governor has to call his boys, hold a meeting with all his chairmen and give them firm instructions because the bucks stop on his table.”
The spokesperson for the state police command, Grace Iringe-Koko, could not be reached for a reaction.
She did not answer several calls put across to her mobile telephone as of the time of filling this report on Saturday evening.