The ruling All People’s Congress (APC) in Kano state condemns the attacks carried out on APC key figures and other innocent residents of Kano metropolis by suspected elements of Kwankwasiyya group during the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential rally, held in the state capital on Sunday.
A statement signed by the commissioner for Information, Youth and Culture, Malam Muhammad Garba observes that the group, had in the wee hours of Saturday night, went to town and dismantle campaign posters of the APC and also attacked residents of the party’s notable members, including the APC state chairman, Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas whose son was severely injured.
It says apparently disturbed by the dislodgement of their leader, Rabi’u Kwankwaso in Kano’s political scene, the group allegedly begun to lose hope in the upcoming 2019 general elections, and therefore, adopted the manner of violence to vent its anger over the perceptible success of the APC at all level.
The commissioner says the APC is sickened by the deliberate attempt of the opposition group, having get a vestige of defeat at the polls, to resort to the use of thuggery as part of a calculated attempt to scuttle the peaceful and orderly 2019 elections.
Malam Garba further says that despite the level playing ground ensured by allowing the opposition to thrive, the recent unguarded utterances by the leadership of the group is driving the thugs within its rank to intemperate fear on residents in some parts of the metropolis by smashing vehicles, assaulting and grabbing mobile phones from innocent members of the public.
“Since the start of their rallies in the state capital, the Kwankwasiyya members have allegedly been freely attacking residents, including going to residents of key figures of the APC to unleash terror. If left unchecked, the trend may mar the chance of having a violence-free election,’’ it further indicates.
The statement further indicates that the group also resorted to violence because they do not want the peaceful political atmosphere that has been entrenched by the present government in Kano state.
It warns that government will not fold its arms and allow few disgruntled elements to create trouble and urges security agents to be alive to their responsibilities by ensuring that all culprits are brought to book to sera ve as deterrent to others.
Adamu Aminu, writes from Kano.