The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Ahmadu Mu’azu, has described the sweeping of the Ekiti stadium by the All Progressives Congress (APC) after last Saturday’s campaign by the PDP as provocative.
The police and PDP supporters had attacked APC supporters in Ado Ekiti during which Governor Kayode Fayemi was physically manhandled by the police.
An APC member was allegedly killed by the police and PDP thugs during the encounter.
Fayemi had described the encounter as an assassination attempt on him and had personally lodged a complaint with the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.
But Mu’azu, who spoke at the All Party Summit in Abuja on Thursday, described the APC supporters’ action as provocative, wondering why “men should be carrying brooms.”
He said: “I wonder why the APC would use brooms to sweep off our footprints each time our party goes to campaign in states under their control.
“It was equally wrong for the APC to go to the stadium in Ekiti State immediately after our rally in the state to sweep off our feet. I was worried about such conduct and I don’t know when men started carrying brooms.”
The PDP chairman also alleged that the “Bring Back Our Girls” protests were being sponsored by the opposition, saying the ruling party had since dismissed the protest as an affront against the government.
“Initially, I thought the “Bring Back Our Girls” protests were well intentioned. That was why I asked my Chief of Staff, the former FCT Minister, to represent us and for two days, he was there.
“Little did I know it was opposition protests against the Federal Government. But I want to remind us that the war against the abduction of the girls should not be politicised.
He charged participants at the summit to take a critical view of the security challenges facing the country and act with one voice in bringing the problem to an end.
Former military head of state, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, who chaired discussions at the summit, commended the political class for playing critical role in the successful transition from military to civil rule, which he superintended in 1999.
Abdulsalami cautioned the political class against blame game over the challenges of terrorism and insurgency in the country.
Source: The Nation


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