Several people were killed on Tuesday during a stampede at a campaign rally for Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in the southern city of Port Harcourt, his party said.
They did not specify how many people had died or were injured but a spokesperson for the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital said 14 people were killed. People at the rally began to panic and rushed toward a locked exit inside the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium towards the end of the event. Tens of thousands of people attended the rally. Another rally for Buhari in the eastern state of Taraba killed several supporters last week.
Nigeria holds an election on Saturday in which Mr Buhari is running for his second term. In recent weeks, tensions have risen between the APC and Abubakar's People's Democratic Party (PDP). Nigeria's last election in 2015 was considered free and fair, but state and local elections as well as earlier presidential polls have been marred by violence and fraud allegations. Buhari has described himself as a "converted democrat." Born to a Fulani family, he is the twenty-third child of his father. His father died when he was about four years old. In order to reform the economy, as Head of State, Buhari started to rebuild the nation's social-political and economic system. Buhari's administration enacted three decrees to investigate corruption and control foreign exchange.