The Peoples Democratic Party, On Wednesday, condemned the attack on the convoy of its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in Borno State.
There were reports that Atiku’s convoy was allegedly attacked after he left the Palace of the Shehu of Borno to Ramat Square, the venue of the presidential rally.
The incident was said to have left many injured as the attackers reportedly pelted the convoy with stones, sticks and other weapons.
According to The PUNCH, the PDP Presidential campaign spokesperson, Senator Dino Melaye, who blamed the All Progressives Congress for the incident, claimed that 70 persons were hospitalised and dozens of vehicles vandalised.
Reacting to the incident in a statement, the PDP spokesman, Debo Ologunagba, called on the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, to “arrest this constant incidence of violence being unleashed.”
He also accused the APC of orchestrating the attack on its people.
“The attack on the PDP Presidential campaign train as it made its way into Maiduguri city amidst thunderous cheers by the people further confirms APC’s frustration, bitter envy and disconcertedness over the overwhelming popularity of the PDP and our Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar in Borno State, the North-East Zone and across the nation; for which the APC has resorted to violence,” the statement read.
“Our Party has information about how agents of certain APC leaders mobilised the thugs with the aim to escalate violence in Maiduguri and prevent the PDP from holding its Presidential Campaign Rally in the State.
“Nigerians witnessed with horror how hundreds of APC’s armed thugs stationed at major roundabouts and intersections in the city of Maiduguri unleashed violence on the PDP Presidential Campaign convoy and innocent citizens going about their lawful activities in a gruesome attack that left over 70 persons gravely injured and hospitalised.
“This attack is consistent with APC’s habitual resort to violence in the face of rejection by the people as also witnessed in the attack on the PDP’s Presidential Campaign Rally in Kaduna State on October 17, 2022.
“APC’s barbaric and anti-social behaviour is contrary to the Peace Accord it signed on September 28, 2022 and constitutes a clear and present danger to democracy, our electoral process and the 2023 general elections.
“It is clear that the APC has since become confused, frenetic and chaotic following the daily mass exodus of its key members into the PDP across the nooks and crannies of the State as witnessed at the PDP Presidential Campaign Rally today in Maiduguri in support of Atiku Abubakar and in clear rejection of the APC Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his running mate, Kashim Shettima.” the statement read.
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