January 31, (THEWILL) – The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), sponsored miscreants to attack President Muhammadu Buhari in Kano State.
Suspected hired miscreants, on Monday, in Kano, attacked the convoy of the President with stones.
President Buhari was in the state to unveil projects built by the state government.
Reports said youths barricaded the road leading to one of the project sites with stones and inter-lock blocks, attacking some vehicles in the President’s convoy.
However, the situation was brought under control after tear gas was fired by the police.
The State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, had earlier advised the president to postpone his visit, citing security concerns over scarcity of the new naira notes.
Reacting to the incident in a statement issued on Monday, by National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Debo Ologunagba, condemned the attack, adding that “this organised attack on the person of the President is outrightly treasonable and a sacrilegious assault on our national sovereignty, which must be condemned by all.”
Ologunagba further alleged that the attack was part of a scheme by the presidential candidate of the APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s plot to undermine the Presidency, cause violence in the country, to disrupt the conduct of the 2023 general elections.
“Part of APC presidential candidate’s alleged plot to undermine the Presidency, cause confusion, trigger violence in the country, disrupt the conduct of the 2023 general elections and derail our democracy; having realized that he cannot win in a peaceful, free and fair electoral process.”
The PDP urged Nigerians to note how Governor Abdullahi Ganduje attempted to abridge President Buhari’s movement and even tried to stop him from visiting Kano State.
“More disquieting is the fact that the APC Presidential Campaign sought to humiliate and harm President Buhari, while performing his official duties in Kano.
“It should be noted that the APC Presidential Candidate has been displaying open aversion and making inciting statements against President Buhari since Mr President’s declaration, in line with democratic best practice all over the world, that Nigerians should freely vote for any candidate and Party of their choice in the 2023 general elections.
“The apparent frustration of Asiwaju Tinubu to resort to encourage or condone violence is fuelled by his entitlement mentality, that it is his turn to be President, despite his numerous ineligibility and disability baggage.
“Nigerians are reminded about Asiwaju Tinubu’s infamous statement in London, where he declared to his supporters that ‘political power is not going to be served in a restaurant, it is not served a la carte. It is what we are doing; It is being determined; you do it at all cost; fight for it, grab it, snatch it and run with it.’
“Only recently, Asiwaju Tinubu further incited his followers against President Buhari at APC’s Presidential Rally in Abeokuta, Ogun State, where he accused Mr President of attempting to subvert the electoral process.
“It is now clearer why the APC Presidential Candidate brazenly established a militia code-named ‘the Jagaban Army’ which is designed to undermine our national security, unleash violence on institutions of democracy and disrupt the electoral process”, the statement added.
The PDP counselled Tinubu to come to terms with the fact that Nigerians are determined to have free, fair and credible elections and that “they are unwavering in their choice of the PDP Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, as the next President of our country.
“Asiwaju Tinubu should note that no threat by any means can divert Nigerians from the path to rescue and rebuild our nation; which aspiration is embodied in Atiku Abubakar.”