- The national leadership of PDP has reacted to alleged violence and victimisation of its members in Kano state
- In a statement obtained by Legit.ng, PDP spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, said thugs aided by compromised security agents, have been on rampage
- Ologbondiyan also alleged that PDP members and agents were being chased away from the polling units and prevented from voting
The national leadership of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the alleged victimisation of its party members and agents following reports of violence that reportedly marred the supplementary election in Kano state.
In a statement released on Saturday, March 23, in a reaction to the reports of breaches of electoral laws in the northwest state, PDP spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan alleged that thugs “aided by compromised security agents, have been on rampage, invading polling units where they are attacking PDP members and supporters with dangerous weapons.''
Ologbondian, who was furious at the development, also alleged that PDP members and agents were being chased away from the polling units and prevented from voting.
According to him, there is an “evidence abounds of how APC thugs attacked and unleashed terror on PDP members during which four of our members where feared killed and many more injured.''
The statement, as obtained by Legit.ng, read: “The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) condemns in totality the violent attacks and killing of PDP agents and members by thugs unleashed by theAll Progressives Congress (APC) at the Kano supplementary election.
''The PDP alerts that APC thugs, aided by compromised security agents, have been on rampage, invading polling units where they are attacking PDP members and supporters with dangerous weapons, chasing them away from the polling units and preventing them from voting.
''In Gama ward, evidence abounds of how APC thugs attacked and unleashed terror on PDP members during which four of our members where feared killed and many more injured. APC thugs violated the secrecy of the ballot process, beat up and chased away supporters of the PDP after which they engaged in massive ballot stuffing for the APC.
In other areas in Kano, aliens imported by the APC attempted to participate in the election and attacked journalists and observers who attempted to raise issues on the infraction.
In the face of this unrelenting aggression by the APC, the PDP directs its formation in the state to immediately activate our legitimate defence mechanism to protect our members and supporters in Kano state.
''The PDP calls on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the international community and all lovers of democracy in Nigeria to rise in condemnation of the APC’s resort to violence in Kano, knowing the volatile nature of the state.
Furthermore, the PDP has taken stock of all the aggressions in Kano and will use all legitinate means to ensure that all those who perpetuated violence against our members are lawfully tracked down and brought to book.''
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the voters and some journalists covering the supplementary governorship election in Kano state on Saturday, March 23, escaped lynching by some suspected thugs at Suntulma Primary School in Gama ward of Nasarawa local government area of the state.
The journalists, who were in the area to monitor the poll, were chased out of the place by the hoodlum.
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