- Hoodlums on Wednesday, January 9, vandalised the campaign office of PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in Akure, Ondo state
- The thugs are all suspected to be members of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC)
- They were said to have scaled the fence of the office in Akure and destroyed items and billboards bearing PDP candidates
A report by Leadership indicates that hoodlums on Wednesday, January 9, vandalised the campaign office of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in Akure, the Ondo state capital.
According to the report, the thugs, all suspected to be members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) scaled the fence of the office located beside the Federal College of Agriculture on Ijapo road in Akure and destroyed items and billboards bearing PDP candidates.
Olumide Ogunkua, the personal assistant to the state coordinator of the Atiku presidential campaign confirmed the attack to journalists.
Ogunkua noted that the hoodlums after entering the compound of the campaign office began to chant the APC slogan of “Next Level” and destroying the posters bearing Atiku /Obi for 2019 president.
He explained that the security guard in the compound was molested and beaten and tied up by the hoodlums for challenging their mission in the PDP campaign office.
In his reaction, the APC publicity secretary in the state, Alex Kalejaiye, condemned the attacked but denied all the allegations.
Kalejaiye stated that the APC government does not discriminate irrespective of political affiliation.
“We are so confident of our victory come February 2019, so we won’t have any reason whatsoever to attack any party or their facilities.
“The state government under the APC control a signage agency that moderate the activities of setting of billboards which is the signage agency and it collects revenue.
“So, why do you think we would now sponsor anyone or group to destroy what brings in revenue in the state government’s purse.
“We would never encourage such. If anybody is pointing accusing finger at the APC, the person is doing it out of either frustration or ignorance,” he said.
Meanwhile, global advisory firm, Eurasia Group, has named Nigeria's forthcoming general elections as one of the world's “Top Risks 2019.”
The report which was released on Monday, January 7, stated that Nigeria faces its most fiercely contested election since the transition to democracy in 1999.
Nigeria's general elections was listed as number 10 in the list released by the respected New York-based organisation.
Other issues or countries listed in the report are the US-China trade war, US domestic politics, European populism, Mexico, Ukraine and Brexit.
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