- The CITAD criticises the Kano state APC chairman, Abdullahi Abbas, for making alleged inciting statements ahead of the state’s supplementary governorship election
- A spokesperson for the organisation, Malam Hamza Ibrahim, says it is disturbing that the party the chieftain encouraged supporters of the party to ensure the APC emerges victories in the re-run at all cost
- Ibrahim notes that it is necessary for security agencies to arrest people who make inciting statement so as to serve as deterrent to others
An organisation known as the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) has called on security agencies to arrest and investigate the Kano state APC chairman, Abdullahi Abbas, for making alleged inciting statements ahead of the state’s supplementary governorship election.
Malam Hamza Ibrahim, the curbing dangerous and hate speech project coordinator of CITAD, told Daily Trust in a telephone conversation on Thursday, March 14, that a video trending on social media, depicting the party chieftain encouraging team of supporters to ensure the party emerges victories in the re-run at all cost was a cause for concern.
Ibrahim noted that it was necessary for security agencies to arrest people who make inciting statement so as to serve as deterrent to others.
“As an organization that works in the area of peace building, the Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) is greatly concerned with this bad development. Very disturbing in this respect is the viral 58 seconds video clip of Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon. Abdullahi Abbas addressing youth in a clear inciting and dangerous manner on the coming election," Ibrahim said.
“The remarks constitute serious danger to the election and period beyond as they licensed the listening youth to beat up anybody they so wish because soldiers and police will do nothing to them.
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“The second danger is the reiteration of Hon. Abbas’ earlier statement that the election will be won by them either in chaos or conflict.
The organisation condemned the statement from the APC chieftain, noting that such remarks were disturbing amidst political tension ahead of the elections.
Legit.ng had reported that Kano state APC chairman, Abdullahi Abbas, described the state’s supplementary governorship election as a do or die contest according to the state chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Daily Trust reports that the party chairman in a short video told his supporters that they were ready to provide them maximum protection as they work towards the success of the APC during the supplementary election scheduled to hold on March 23.
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