An enraged Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately put machinery in motion for the arrest and prosecution of those responsible for the attack on the convoy of Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Saturday.
The opposition party made the call in its reaction to the attack on Saturday in a statement in Abuja by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, asking Nigerians to hold the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration responsible if anything happens to Governor Ortom.
The party said: “The PDP vehemently condemns Saturday’s reckless attack and the assassination attempt on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State by suspected bandits, reported to be killer herdsmen.
“The party calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to put machinery in motion by ordering an immediate manhunt, arrest and prosecution of the assailants and beef up security around the governor.
“The PDP 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 live up to its responsibility on the protection of life and property in the state.”