President Muhammadu Buhari has mourned some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who died in Rivers State.
The party supporters died on Tuesday in a stampede at the presidential campaign rally held at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
The Police Command in the state had told Channels Television that four people lost their lives while four others were injured and taken to a hospital for treatment.
Hours after the incident, President Buhari condoled with the families and friends of the victims in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu.
He also wished a speedy recovery to all those injured.
The President described the deaths as “needless loss of lives and an anti-climax to a highly successful outing” in the oil city.
He, however, noted that the deaths could have been averted if there was an orderly exit from the venue of the rally.
“It is indeed a great tragedy that Nigerians who have important roles to play in shaping the future of the country and had come to see and hear from us how hard their government is working to build a Nigeria of their dreams, would meet their end in this unfortunate circumstance,” President Buhari said.
He added, “I assure the people, with all sense of responsibility, that the party and the government will do everything possible to ensure the well-being and safety of our citizens as they troop out to attend rallies and all other political events.”
President Buhari also assured the government and the people the state, especially the affected families of the support and prayers of the Federal Government during this difficult time.
He prayed that God would grant the souls of the deceased repose.