The main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rebuked assassination attempt launched on Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom on Saturday.
The PDP stated this in a statement signed by its spokesperson person,Kola Ologbondiyan.
The party also enjoined President Muhammadu Buhari to order the arrest and prosecution of suspected bandits who attempted to assassinate the Governor.
The governor has since fingered the Myetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) for the attack, adding that he had been marked for elimination.
The governor said unknown gunmen attempted to assassinate him but security details attached to him were able to repel the attack.
“You know today is Saturday and as a farmer, I usually go to my farm, so I went to my farm along Gboko road and on our way back, we started hearing gunshots and we discovered people who were dressed in black and from experience we now discovered that these are Fulani militias,” he said.
“I didn’t want to take things for granted because few days ago the media were awash with a statement from MACBAN who met in Yola, the same place they met in 2016 where they decided that they will take Nigeria and that every other person is a slave, that was when they started infiltrating the entire country.
“They came out with a statement, I was alarmed that they singled me out as the only person who is creating problems for the entire Fulani race and behind the scenes I also heard that in the meeting, I was targeted for elimination; this was the information I got that they will go after me either in my home, farm or wherever they get me,” he added.
The PDP, Mr Ortom’s party, condemned the assassination attempt and demanded investigation into the attack.
TOS News reported on Saturday that Governor Ortom’s convoy was ambushed along Makurdi-Gboko highway around 11am while returning from his farm.