Suspected supporters of the All Progressives Congress, APC, have set ablaze a campaign office of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Abba Yusuf.
A statement by the PDP candidate’s spokesman, Sanusi Dawakin-Tofa, said the incident occurred when the presidential rally was holding in Kano on Sunday.
Mr Dawakin-Tofa said the hoodlums who set the party office ablaze were clearly identified as members of the APC.
“The house which was converted into a political office located at No. 36 Chiranchi quarters in Gwale Local Government area of Kano State was attacked by over Sixty (60) thugs led by Juinaidu Abdulhamid, who is a Personal Assistance to the State APC Chairman Abdullahi Abbas and Habibu Dandayis, a diehard supporter of the party chairman.
“During the attack, the thugs set the house ablaze and razed it down to ashes and vandalized a Volkswagen Golf – III model with registration number NSR 237 AE.
“According to eye witnesses, the same thugs were those who attacked the Kwankwasiyya leaders and their supporters during an annual Eid durbar of Hawan Daushe at the Kofar Kudu, of the Emir’s Palace, Kano.
“It can be recalled that the APC thugs went on a rampage destroying all PDP formations in the state anytime they are out for political rallies despite the fact that Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje appended his signature on the 2019 election peace accord.
“Prior this, PDP has demonstrated a peaceful conduct in all its rallies conducted in over 40 local government areas in the state without a single episode of crisis that can lead to an incidence of bloodshed or injury to any member of other parties.
“The peace accord, initiated by Kano Peace Committee and facilitated by the former Head of State General Abdulsalami Abubakar (RTD) with the United Nations Representative for West Africa Muhammad Ibn Chambers as a witness, was first broken by the APC-led government of Abdullahi Umar Ganduje when the government sponsored a syndicate of thieves and Political thugs to infiltrate two of PDP conducted in Kano Municipal and Dala Local Governments, confiscating mobile phones from innocent citizens, damaging vehicles and causing injuries.
“Records has clearly shown that, the APC rally is dominated by thugs carrying dangerous weapons who usually clash within themselves and so far, scores were feared dead and many injured in Bichi, Rano, Dawakin-Tofa and Doguwa.
“Our party, the PDP has written several times to the security agencies including the police but yet to no avail as the ruling party enjoys the protection of the state security apparatus.
“We condemn in totality the act of promoting thuggery and victimization of the opposition in Kano State by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’s administration and leadership of his party, the APC under the chairmanship if Abdullahi Abbas who well known to champion political thuggery and has been allowed to go scot free by the Police.
“We call on the Police and other security agencies to as a matter of urgency discharge their responsibility with utmost fairness and objectivity in ensuring that the culprits who burnt down the PDP gubernatorial candidate’s property brought to book,” Mr Dawakin-Tofa said.