Port Harcourt Rally Stampede: Akpabio set up medical team for victims
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Obot Akpabio, has set up a team of medical experts to assist some of the victims of the stampede that occasioned President Goodluck Jonathan's campaign rally in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital.
The governor, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Usoro I. Usoro, said that "a delegation headed by the Commissioner for Health, of the state, Louisa Ukpe, left Uyo for Port Harcourt, immediately after the incident, to offer medical assistance towards fore-stalling further loss of lives.
"The team is also expected to search all hospitals and other health facilities with a view to identifying all Akwa Ibom indigenes who might have been involved in the incident and offer immediate help to them." Mr. Akpabio said that the victims of the stampede were part of the teaming crowd of supporters that thronged the Liberation Stadium to show overwhelming solidarity to their son, Mr Jonathan.
The governor however urged Nigerians to vote overwhelmingly for Mr Jonathan as a mark of honour in memory of those who died in the incident. "Today and always, we will always remember their loyalty and support which they carried to the end. Our heart goes out to them. We mourn with the families of those mourning and pray with a deep sense of sorrow that the Almighty God should console them over this unexpected calamity", the governor said.