Jigawa Attack: Call your men to order, PDP tells APC, police

January 11th, 2019

By Myke Uzendu, Abuja

The Peoples Demo­cratic Party Presi­dential Campaign Organization (PPCO) has accused the All Pro­gressives Congress (APC) and the Police of foment­ing crisis and violent at­tacks against its mem­bers and cautions that Nigerians may no longer continue to tolerate such incendiary acts ahead of the elections.

The PPCO particularly condemns in its total­ity, Wednesday’s unwar­ranted attack and use of brute force, including firing of tear gas by the Police against thousands of law-abiding members of the PDP in Gumel, Jigawa state, on instiga­tion of agents of Buhari Presidency and the APC to forcefully stop its rally in the state.

In a statement on Thursday in Abuja, the Director of Media and Publicity, PPCO, Kola Ologbondiyan equally condemns the unpro­voked invasion and vio­lent attack on the Ondo state campaign office of the PDP’s presidential candidate, Abubakar Ati­ku, by armed thugs who he alleged were spon­sored by the APC.

This, they said, is in addition to series of other attacks by the APC and the police, including ar­resting and detaining its members on trumped-up charges, as well as pulling down its campaign mate­rials in various states of the federation.

He said, “It is now clear that the Buhari Presiden­cy, having realized that their smear campaigns against our party and Presidential candidate cannot change the re­solve by Nigerians to rally behind our Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has now resorted to physically attacking and unleash­ing violence against our members.

“We know that the Buhari Presidency had to deploy brute force to disrupt our rally in Jiga­wa state when it realized that the rally will amplify and reinforce President Buhari and APC’s rejec­tion, particularly in their supposed stronghold, the North West.

“Police now have the order to harass, intimi­date and unleash violence on our members in a bid to intimidate and instill fear in our people across the nation.

“This informed the fe­rociousness exhibited by the police in the Jigawa attack where many PDP members were manhan­dled, injured and trau­matized by armed police­men despite the fact that our party obtained offi­cial permission from the Police and the Director­ate of State Services (DSS) for the rally.

“Moreover, we have it on good authority that the attack on our Presi­dential campaign office in Ondo was coordinated by the APC, which
is now in frenetic mode over the soaring popular­ity of our party and Presi­dential candidate in the South West geo-political zone.”

The PPCO invites Ni­gerians and the interna­tional community to note this dangerous dimen­sion, which holds an om­inous sign that the 2019 election is already under siege by the Buhari Presi­dency and the APC, who have now enlisted the Po­lice as an instrument of terror against Nigerians.

They stressed that APC and Buhari Presi­dency is putting security agencies, particularly, the police, on collision course with the citizens and this portends great danger to democracy as Nigerians will never suc­cumb to any instrument of intimidation.

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