The All Progressives Congress in Kano State has warned that they would defend themselves if steps were not taken by security agencies “to stop further unprovoked and mindless attacks and vandalisation of its campaign materials” allegedly masterminded by the New Nigeria Peoples Party.
The Spokesperson for Gawuna/Garo Campaign Council and Commissioner for Information, Mallam Muhammad Garba, issued the warning in a statement obtained by The PUNCH in Abuja on Friday.
According to him, any further attack on members or supporters of the APC “will be met with the full vehemence of the law.”
He said the NNPP should be cautious of its members “and make them stay on the path of peace, otherwise, they should realized that violence is not the monopoly of any party.”
Garba said Kano has relatively been peaceful in recent times and the APC was “fully committed to peaceful campaigning and working day and night to ensure victory at the polls, which the opposition is afraid of.”
The commissioner pointed out that it was unfortunate that the NNPP, which was not comfortable with the massive support the APC has been getting from the people in the state, had resorted to violence to show their frustrations.
He further stated that while the NNPP was unleashing violence against the APC, its chairman Haruna Doguwa, in an attempt to cover up the atrocities, was crying foul.
Garba said the APC has documented evidence on what the NNPP thugs have been doing, including killing, bodily harm, and destruction of branded and campaign materials.
“The NNPP Kwankwasiyya have now unleashed a reign of terror on our members. They killed our member in Kutama, torched the residence of the APC chairman. They descended on our members in Makoda, Gezawa, Tarauani, inflicted bodily harm on some of them and also dispossessed them of their phones and other personal effects, as well as night operations to pull down our posters in the metropolitan area,” he added.
The commissioner said that the NNPP’s deafening silence over attacks on the APC confirmed not only their implicit support for violence but also afraid of free and fair elections and also their plan to precipitate violence in order to frighten people not to come out to exercise their civil rights.