Masari flays attack on APC’s Katsina campaign offices
THE All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Katsina State and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari has condemned the attack and vandalisation of his campaign office allegedly by supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
A statement by the governorship candidate said, “We want to draw the attention of the general public and in particular, security agencies in Katsina State to the wave of barbaric attacks on and vandalisation of the campaign offices of the All Progressives Congress (APC) by the agents of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)”, adding “We condemn this act of provocative state-sponsored thuggery.”
Masari, in the statement signed by his media aide Abdul Labaran Malufanshi, said “the systematic, planned and deliberate vandalisation of our campaign offices, also known as Restoration Project 2015, which culminated in the attack on the WTC Road head office of the organisation on Sunday, started many days ago, when armed youth, chanting PDP slogan, attacked the APC Youth Vanguard office located along IBB Way, Katsina.”
He said that “It is our belief that the continuous cowardly attacks on the APC’s offices are emboldened, indeed encouraged, by the refusal of the security agencies to apprehend the offenders and their sponsors, even as these acts of thuggery are most of the times carried out in the sight of the police.”
“We consider this development as not only unfortunate, but worrisome, taking place with impunity, in spite of the undertaking signed by the leadership and the presidential candidates of all the political parties to conduct their campaigns peacefully in both action and pronouncement.”
According to Alhaji Masari, “our reading of the situation is that, having realised that it is prosecuting a lost campaign, evident in the daily exodus of its members into the APC, the PDP has resorted to this provocative tactics in the vain hope that our peace loving and law abiding members would be provoked into acting in similar barbaric manner.”
Said he: “The PDP’s game plan is to throw the state into a state of chaos with a view to putting the blame on the APC so as to have the excuse to arrest its leaders and deny them freedom of movement in the run up to the general elections.”