Presidential stroll: Controversy trails assault on Atiku’s convoy in Maiduguri

By Ismail Mudashir (Abuja), Hamisu Okay. Matazu & Olatunji Omirin (Maiduguri)

Controversy the day before today trailed the reported assault on the convoy of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Event (PDP), Atiku Abubakar in Maiduguri, the Borno Inform capital, at some stage of a promoting marketing campaign search the recommendation of with to the converse. 

Whereas the promoting marketing campaign council of the stale vice chairman insisted that the convoy modified into attacked at some stage of the rally, the Borno Inform Police Notify and the converse govt include faulted the claims, insisting that the match modified into held peacefully. The police, however, acknowledged it has arrested one thug with a stone. Atiku modified into in Maiduguri in continuation of his promoting marketing campaign for the February 25 presidential election. 

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Tales filtered the day before today that the opposition candidate’s convoy modified into attacked, with many people injured and autos destroyed. 

A resident suggested this paper that hoodlums attacked the promoting marketing campaign physique of employees of the PDP. He acknowledged the convoy modified into attacked alongside the Airport Avenue and at Dalori Roundabout. 

Alongside the Airport Avenue, some hoodlums stoned the PDP autos. The security operatives on the convoy fired gunshots inside the air to disperse them. I mediate this modified into what Senator Melaye posted, claiming that gunmen include attacked their convoy,” he acknowledged. 

Yet one more resident, who corroborated the assault, acknowledged supporters of the APC obtained proper right here out in neat numbers because of an empowerment programme organised by the converse govt. 

“A rally modified into organised however they referred to as it empowerment programme. Over 9,000 of us participated. This system modified into held on Tuesday however the members had been requested to achieve assist today (the day before today) for the empowerment instruments,” he acknowledged.

We had been attacked by hoodlums carrying APC flags – Musty VP  

In his yarn, by his media aide, Paul Ibe, Atiku acknowledged hoodlums wielding the flag of the APC attacked the convoy of autos conveying dignitaries to the venue. 

“It is miles moderately terrible that the APC in Borno Inform mobilised only a few of its people to assault the convoy carrying dignitaries who had earlier paid a courtesy search the recommendation of with on the Shehu of Borno Palace to the venue of the rally. 

“Whereas it’s properly understood that such barbaric behaviour is regular of the APC, it should mild be infamous that this time round, it’s specifically the ultimate kick of a dying horse. 

“The APC, curiously overwhelmed by the neat flip of supporters to greet our presidential candidate, resorted to anti-democratic actions to dismay the group removed from the rally. 

“It is miles a the identical pattern to what took place at some stage of our rally in Kaduna Inform and it’s elementary to name the eye of all stakeholders in mild elections in Nigeria to the unhealthy actions being undertaken by the APC to disrupt our rallies, particularly inside the North,” Ibe acknowledged, in a assertion.

It’s counterfeit information, promoting marketing campaign rally held peacefully – Police 

Nonetheless, the Borno Inform Police Notify has acknowledged that the promoting marketing campaign rally modified into held peacefully.

 The converse in a assertion by its spokesperson, ASP Sani Kamilu Muhammed acknowledged the Commissioner of Police inside the converse, Abdu Umar modified into bodily current to supervise the situation.

“The converse needs to converse authoritatively that the information is not going to be ideally obliging counterfeit however moreover a counterfeit and prankish attempt by some unguided of us to incite disturbance and distract the peace of Borno of us and Nigeria at neat. 

“The promoting marketing campaign/rally modified into performed efficiently, as tight/ample safety protection modified into emplaced all of the plan wherein by the actions. The candidate and his fetch collectively had been accompanied to the Shehu’s Palace by the Police to pay a courtesy name after which they had been escorted till they departed the town,” he acknowledged.                                                               

He, however, acknowledged that one Danladi Musa Abbas (32) who tried to disrupt the convoys alongside the Airport Avenue modified into arrested by the police. 

“He’s below the converse’s custody with a stone, which is an converse,” he acknowledged. 

It modified into stage-managed to ranking low price recognition – Borno govt 

Contacted, Isa Gusau, the spokesperson for the Borno Inform governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, acknowledged there modified into no assault at some stage of the promoting marketing campaign of the PDP. 

In a cellphone interview, he acknowledged the APC in Borno has no foundation to disrupt the promoting marketing campaign of the PDP inside the converse, together with that PDP is not going to be on floor inside the converse. 

“Governor Zulum is in opposition to thuggery, because of this fact he has empowered a great deal of the political thugs by vocational skills. They’re busy with their diversified trades. The governor has spent shut to N2bn to rehabilitate political thugs. 

“I don’t know the place this story is coming from. I’m beginning as much as mediate that the PDP stage managed it simply to provide some type of hype and ranking low price recognition. First and beneficial, Melaye acknowledged they had been attacked by gunmen, after they stumbled on that may perchance not soar, they modified it to screech they had been attacked, by who?” Gusau queried. 

Atiku ensures to discontinue insecurity, revive Lake Chad Basin, decrease tax 

In the meantime, Atiku the day before today promised to discontinue insecurity, revive the Lake Chad Basin and decrease tax protection inside the converse if voted at some stage of the presidential election. 

Addressing supporters on the originate of his North East promoting marketing campaign for the 2023 ballot in Maiduguri, he acknowledged that the revival of Lake Chad modified into section of the requests made by the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Garbai when he visited him ahead of the promoting marketing campaign. 

“Earlier than I arrived proper right here, I visited the Shehu of Borno and in his handle, he requested us to assist to about 4 or 5 points which are the problems in Borno. 

“Certainly one of them is to revive peace and safety inside the converse and I promise you that by the grace of God if the PDP is elected, we will restore peace and converse in Borno Inform. 

“Secondly, he requested us to fabricate certain that that we reactivate the Chad Basin sample in order that our farmers can plod assist to the farm in order that we’re able to fabricate meals and decrease unemployment. 

“He requested that we will include to mild fabricate certain that the native governments are geared up with electrical power, which we promised we’d perchance effectively compose. 

”Over once more, he requested that we will include to mild reactivate the exploration of oil inside the Chad Basin, which we promise to compose by the grace of God.” 

Atiku thanked the of us of Borno Inform for the intensive reception accorded him inside the converse, and urged them to vote for the PDP in any respect ranges at some stage of the 2023 polls.