Political Thugs Attack Governor’s Convoy after Presidential Rally
A statement read at a news briefing by Bala Dan Abu, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Governor on Thursday February 7, 2019.
As you are already aware, today’s Presidential campaign flag-off of the All Progressives Congress in Jalingo, Taraba State, ended on a tragic note. Thugs hired by the APC leaders in the state turned the event into an opportunity to launch violent attacks on members and supporters of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP. In the process, several lives were lost.
Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku’s convoy was also attacked on its way out of the airport where the Governor, his Deputy, Engineer Haruna Manu and other senior members of government had gone to see off President Muhammadu Buhari at the end of the Presidential visit. The Deputy Governor’s car and several other cars in the convoy including that of the State Commissioner of Police and a Special Adviser to the Governor, were damaged.
The thugs, most of who were imported from neighbouring states to create the false impression that APC enjoys a large following in the state, came heavily armed. They carried guns, cutlasses and sticks which they displayed openly and in the full glare of security agencies who merely looked the other way.
On the eve of President Buhari’s visit, thugs hired by the APC leadership in the state had gone round Jalingo metropolis and its environs and destroyed PDP posters and bill boards. They were given cover by security agencies who fired gunshots to scare away those that may dare to confront them.
What happened today is a big contrast with the PDP presidential flag-off of February 5, 2019, in Jalingo, which attracted a larger crowd but recorded no incidence of crisis and deaths.
The Taraba State Government hereby condemns this unfortunate bloodletting that has become the character of the APC in Taraba State. Residents of Wukari are still leaking the wounds of the APC violent visitation of January 29, 2019 during which PDP posters and billboards were torn and a member of the PDP was killed. The State Government will no longer fold its arms while innocent people are being killed and maimed by the APC.
Bala Dan Abu
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity