BREAKING: Police Ban All Forms of Rallies in Kano as Supporters of 2 Major Political Parties Clash

BREAKING: Police Ban All Forms of Rallies in Kano as Supporters of 2 Major Political Parties Clash

  • A violent crisis has erupted between supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress and the New Nigeria Peoples Congress
  • As a result, the Kano state police command has cancelled all political rallies in the state
  • The police said that political parties in Kano had earlier been warned against possible violence today, Thursday, February 23

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The Police in Kano state has cancelled all forms of political rallies over a violent crisis between supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).

Daily Trust reports that the crisis ensued as both parties, led by the state governor Abdullahi Ganduje of the APC and Rabiu Kwankwaso of the NNPP, had scheduled the final campaign rally for the presidential and National Assembly elections for the same day, Thursday, February 23.

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Rabiu Kwankwaso, Abdullahi Ganduje, APC, NNPP, 2023 presidential election, Kano state
The police in Kano has banned all rallies over a clash between supporters of APC and NNPP. Photo: Abdullahi Ganduje, Kano state government
Source: UGC

Trouble started after police authorities invited the leadership of the APC, PDP and NNPP for an emergency meeting, cautioning the parties over perceived violence during the rally.

It was gathered that APC and NNPP had rejected the advice from the security agencies and went ahead with their scheduled rallies, resulting in a fierce battle between the parties.

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The Punch reports that supporters of the NNPP were attacked by unidentified hoodlums who set their vehicles ablaze along Zaria road.

Sources said they were going to Kwanar Dangora to welcome Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, presidential candidate of the NNPP, who was rounding up his campaign rally when the incident happened.

Meanwhile, some leaders of the ruling APC said they intended to commence their rally at Club road. In contrast, the NNPP said they wanted to start theirs at Kwanar Dangora before proceeding to Kwankwaso’s residence at Miller Road, off Club road.

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However, the hoodlums armed with various dangerous weapons have been moving freely in the city since Monday, leaving several victims behind, a source said.

Police confirm cancellation of political rallies in Kano

Confirming the cancellation of all political rallies in the states, DCP Muhammed said:

“You recall that (three) political parties via APC, NNPP, and PDP informed the command of their rallies scheduled for Thursday, February 23, 2023, within the Kano metropolis.
“In view of the precarious security situation in the state and the country in general, the commissioner of Police summoned the representatives of the three political parties to an emergency meeting to find a solution to the impasse.
“It is therefore advice that all political parties postpone the planned presidential/national assembly rallies to a later date after the February 25 elections."

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Meanwhile, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje tackled the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on implementing the naira redesign policy.

According to the governor, the decision was ill-timed and has subjected Nigerians to hardship.

Ganduje described the situation of the naira scarcity as a virus, which he labelled as COVID-23.

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In another development, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has expressed his view on the utterances of APC governors regarding the naira redesign policy of the APC.

The PDP bannerman revealed that the actions of APC governors could instigate anarchy in the country.

He urged Nigerians not to be swayed by the gimmicks of the APC governors and their cohorts.


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