By Olayinka Elebute
The leading opposition party in Nigeria, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned Saturday’s attack and assassination attempt on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state by suspected bandits, reported to be killer herdsmen.
The party, in a statement on Saturday by National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan called 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.
Expressed 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 allegedly 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 statement read in part.