The Kaduna chapter of the All Progressives Congress has refuted claims by the Peoples Democratic Party, accusing it of masterminding the attack on their flag bearer, Atiku Abubakar.
According to The Punch, APC through its Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Salisu Wusono in a statement on Tuesday dismissed the violent assault on Atiku’s rally leveled against its governorship candidate, Uba Sani.
A former Deputy Publicity Secretary of the party, Timi Frank had accused Sani Uba of masterminding the attack on the PDP campaign held in Kaduna by the former vice-president.
In reaction, APC said, “Timi Frank is perfect for the hatchet job of running his mouth, going by his antecedent, on a matter that he is ill-informed about,’’ the party stated, describing the ex-party official as ‘’a professional hireling on a new assignment to complement his income as the so-called Ambassador of United Liberation Movement for West Papua, to East Africa and the Middle East.’’
The statement read in part, “Indeed, the People’s Democratic Party has elected spokesmen at state and national levels, including those at the Presidential Campaign Council, as well as the battery of media aides that its presidential candidate parades.
“However, given the reputational damage that it may cause them, apart from possible litigation, the party chose an unsavoury character to carry its dubious message, which is laden with injurious falsehoods.
“In a statement that was widely published, Timi Frank claimed that distinguished Senator Uba Sani and the Kaduna State gubernatorial candidate of APC sent thugs to disrupt PDP’s presidential rally without an iota of proof. Significantly, Timi Frank was mis-briefed by his paymasters.”
He explained that the Ranchers Bees Township Stadium venue of the PDP rally was half-empty ‘’to the utter embarrassment of PDP chieftains, in a state that has a former vice-president, an ex-governor and a two-term senator, including a former national chairman of the party.’’
On the day of the alleged attack, the APC said the majority of Kaduna residents were at the Arewa House to interact with its presidential candidate, Tinubu.