- Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo has accused the APC of destroying public property in Gombe state
- The governor said the rally of the APC in the state last week resulted in the destruction of public utilities worth N500million
- Governor Dankwambo also accused the APC of hiring political thugs from neighbouring states during the rally
Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of destroying public property in the state during the party's rally last week.
Governor Dankwambo made the allegation on Saturday, February 16 in a statement sent to journalists by his senior special assistant on press affairs, Alhaji Junaid Abubakar Usman.
According to the governor, the APC hired thugs from neighbouring states who destroyed public utilities worth over N500 million.
He expressed disappointment that many government properties were vandalised by the thugs at Nafada, the hometown of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Alhaji Bayero Nafada during the rally.
He also said no fewer than 30 citizens were injured and are still in critical condition in various hospitals.
Part of the statement read: “The APC has been disrupting the existing peace in Gombe since they began their rallies and on Thursday during their last rally, went extra violent as they not only pulled down Nafada and Dankwambo’s billboards and destroyed his posters, but also went to the extent of destroying public properties.
“They set ablaze many private and government vehicles, burned down houses and damaged so many public infrastructure that will take government over N500 million to restore.
“Gombe has been a peace-loving state since Dankwambo came into power, but the APC has now disrupted the peace, creating an atmosphere of fear wherever they go campaigning.
“Since Dankwambo came into power, all the thugs he met on ground have been reformed and given jobs and are now living decent life. You can see some of them in uniforms on the road as marshals. Definitely, the thugs that the APC brought are from outside the state.”
Meanwhile, the APC senatorial candidate in Osun East senatorial district, Honourable Ajibola Israel Famurewa has alleged threat to the lives of the people of eight villages in Atakumosa East local government of the state.
Fameruwa, a serving member of the House of Representatives representing Ijesa South federal constituency, said the thugs planning the violence are loyal to the PDP and one Chief Francis Fadahunsi, his opponent in the election.
Famurewa made this known when he led party leaders and other APC candidates to address a press conference on the security challenges of his zone after a meeting with the commissioner of police, Abiodun Ige at the state headquarters in Osogbo, the state capital.
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