Borno APC, PDP trade blames over thuggery
Six days to the general elections, the Peoples Democratic Party in Borno State has alleged that the All Progressives Congress in the state is instigating thugs to perpetrate violence aimed at disrupting the elections.
The Legal Adviser, Borno State PDP Gubernatorial and Legislators Campaign Council, Barrister Kashim Haruna, expressed the allegation in a press statement signed by him.
Haruna alleged that APC had thrown the peace accord signed by all political parties in the state to the winds by instigating thugs to ignite violence aimed at disrupting the forthcoming elections.
“We wish to bring to the attention of the general public the unfortunate actions of thuggery and violence that are continuously being perpetrated by the APC against the legitimate and peaceful campaigns of the PDP in Borno State.
“On Sunday, 12th February 2023, the convoy of the PDP comprising the Gubernatorial and other candidates of the party was attacked by sponsored thugs of the APC in Gwange I, II & III wards of Maiduguri, injured many PDP supporters and vandalized an uncountable number of vehicles in the convoy.
“Equally, on Tuesday, 14th February 2023, the campaign rally of the party was disrupted and attacked by the same sponsored thugs of the APC in Bolori II ward of Maiduguri, as a result of which several party supporters sustained various degrees of injuries and more than 10 vehicles were vandalized by the APC thugs.”
He also alleged that on Friday, January 27th the PDP campaign rally in Mafa Local Government was attacked by APC thugs.
“We reported the incident to the police authorities, but no single APC thug was arrested nor prosecuted.
“We wish to call the attention of the AIG Zone 15, in charge of Borno State Yahaya Abubakar and the new Commissioner of Police posted to Borno State Haruna G. Garba to investigate these crimes and prosecute all the culprits,” he said.
The APC Legal Adviser, Barrister Baba Zanna, in a swift reaction, however, dismissed the allegations by the opposition party levelled as “baseless, unfounded and far from the truth.”
He alleged that the PDP in the state is doing everything possible to incite members of the general public against it.