A governorship aspirant in the 2023 polls in Rivers State has allegedly escaped an assassination attempt following gunmens' attack at his residence.
Tonye Princewill, a Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State, was on a consultation tour with his principal, Rotimi Amachi.
The duo was in Northern Nigeria seeking support for Amaechi's presidential bid when Princewill's home was ransacked.
Princewill says the gunmen intended to assassinate him, according to a statement on Friday, 15 April 2022..
He said, "I can confirm that in the early hours of this morning my house was broken into.
"The target was clearly me, as the intruders headed straight for what they thought was my room, broke in and met my absence.
"Nothing of value was taken, except the hard drive of the CCTV recorder, which leads me to conclude, they had only one objective; my elimination."
"Thankfully, I am well, and nobody in my household was hurt, but this is a stark reminder that the 2023 political season has started, and those who cannot win on the field will seek other ways to attain power. It may have worked in the past, but not here and not now.
"Let me assure my well-wishers and my supporters that this incident has not deterred me; rather, it has made me more committed to their cause.
"A more peaceful Rivers state, where all can sleep with both eyes closed and our youths can engage in meaningful activities that can put food on their family's tables. The brick house is still our destination."
The APC Chieftain believed he was attacked because "We are clearly a threat to someone."
He added, "That person and their group of persons will soon be exposed. In the meantime, I ask for your prayers and your support and some privacy. Any additional detail we have will be released to you via the security agencies. Let them do their jobs. Men from the security agencies are currently on the scene, and I have every confidence that justice will be done."
The aspirant is yet to respond to Standard Gazette's request for some images of his attacked home.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.