The campaign convoy of Labour Party’s governorship candidate, Jonathan Asake, was attacked by thugs on Friday, March 10, 2023, in Gidan Waya, Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
A statement issued by James Swam, media aide to Asake, said: “Four youths were injured in the process, including two boys and two girls while no vehicle was damaged.”
The incident happened when the campaign convoy was passing through Gidan Waya during Friday prayers on its way to Godogodo and other towns as the campaign team tour the local government.
After the first three vehicles in the convoy made their way through the old tyres used to demarcate the road, thugs started throwing stones, sticks, and other harmful objects at the convoy.
It took the timely intervention of the security personnel attached to the candidate to forestall the situation from snowballing into a crisis.
APC Alleges PDP Has ‘Imported Thugs’ For March 18 State Elections
Ahead of the March 11 governorship and National Assembly elections in Katsina State, the campaign council of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has hatched plans to import thugs from Kano and Zamfara states to mar the process.
Calling on security agencies, INEC, and the general public to take note of the alleged plot, the Director General of the Katsina APC Campaign Council, Ahmed Musa Dangiwa, at a press conference on Tuesday, March 7, 2023, said: “The Peoples Democratic Party have resolved to foment trouble having realised that they are going to lose the March 11 elections.”
Dangiwa who expressed confidence in an APC victory in the March 11 polls, noted that the party is not afraid of the other contestants, having won all three senatorial seats in the state and nine of the 15 House of Representatives seats.
When asked for evidence of the alleged plot, Dangiwa said: “This is a privilege and confidential information and I am very sure that the security agencies have it by now but it’s good for the entire populace to know also. That is why we have told you this.”
Reacting to the allegation, Alhaji Kabir Yar’Adua, the Director of General, Media, PDP Campaign Council, said the claim is unfounded.
He said: “They are just afraid we will beat them again, just like we did in the presidential election, despite the N11 billion they withdrew from government’s treasury to manipulate the elections.
“No thug is coming in from anywhere. Our thugs are pure ballot papers. That is what we used before and that’s what we will use again to defeat them in the March 11 elections.”