One of the leading governorship aspirants of the People Democratic Party (PDP) in the disrupted primary this morning, Dr. Victor Adoji, has confirmed that two were killed as another two in critical condition.
He assured that the attackers will later bury their heads in shame.
Adoji believes that fear of him winning the primary election motivated the attack but assured that what the perpetrators fear most will eventually hunt them.
Reacting to the inconclusive primary election as a result of the attack through a statement, Adoji paid condolences to the families of the two persons confirmed dead and those who critically injured.
He, however, called on his supporters and delegates to remain calm, saying “I am now safe and out of danger and I am deeply grateful to those who gave me legs to ‘escape’.
I appeal to supporters and well-wishers to remain calm and steadfast as events unfold.
“Let the fear of our winning that motivated your actions haunt you, for the results you feared will still be called and your heads will bow in ignominious shame. You only tested our resolve, strengthened our love and ignited the flames of patriotism. We are still strong.”
Narrating how the disruption happened, Dr Adoji said: “In the early hours of today, during the ballot-sorting of the PDP gubernatorial primary election in Kogi, the enemies of our democracy came in to disrupt the process. Sporadic shots that left all of us at the mercy of divine intervention. Everyone helplessly scampered for their lives, leaving at least two dead and another two in life-threatening condition.
“Foremost, my heart goes out to the families of those who lost their lives and the several who were injured by either direct hits or by reason of an attempt to fly to safety.
“Our agent who was particularly targeted is currently treating bullet and assault wounds and so are many others including Captain Joe Agada whose head is currently been held in place by stitches.”
The PDP governorship aspirant who described the incident as “unfortunate and unacceptable development” added that it “situates our state and democracy in the realm of war and limitless desire to conquer, to destroy and to kill.
“As we sit back to reflect on this and think of our wounded brothers and lives lost, I want to make it clear that while it is human to be shaken by such bestial acts, our will or resolution are imperturbable. Your love and participation in the processes leading-up to this process is why some of us can’t rest on our oars until we right wrongs and begin to resculpt our future. I covet your support, love and encouragement and assure you that I shall not treat your sacrifices with levity.
“As for the perpetrators, you have only stalled a process and I assure that you lack the capacity to upset the ultimate outcome.”