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PDP accuses APC of masterminding attack on Atiku convoy in Borno



The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has charged the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, to stop violence on its party members by political thugs.

PDP spokesman, Debo Ologunagba, stated this in a statement on Wednesday, where he also accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of being the masterminds begins the attack.

This followed the attack on the convoy of its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar in Borno State.

Ologunagba accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of orchestrating the attack by sponsoring the armed thugs.

Scores of Atiku’s supporters were injured on Wednesday when hoodlums attacked the convoy of the presidential candidate in Maiduguri, the state capital.

Atiku’s convoy was attacked just as he left the Palace of the Shehu of Borno to Ramat Square, the venue of the presidential rally.

The statement reads: “The attack on the PDP Presidential campaign train as it made its way into Maiduguri city amidst thunderous cheers by the people further confirms APC’s frustration and bitter envy over the overwhelming popularity of the PDP and our Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar in Borno State, the North-East Zone and across the nation; for which the APC has resorted to violence,” the statement read.

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“Our Party has information about how agents of certain APC leaders mobilized the thugs with the aim to escalate violence in Maiduguri and prevent the PDP from holding its Presidential Campaign Rally in the State.

“Nigerians witnessed with horror how hundreds of APC’s armed thugs stationed at major roundabouts and intersections in the city of Maiduguri unleashed violence on the PDP Presidential Campaign convoy and innocent citizens going about their lawful activities in a gruesome attack that left over 70 persons gravely injured and hospitalized.

“This attack is consistent with APC’s habitual resort to violence in the face of rejection by the people as also witnessed in the attack on the PDP’s Presidential Campaign Rally in Kaduna State on October 17, 2022.

“APC’s barbaric and anti-social behaviour is contrary to the Peace Accord it signed on September 28, 2022 and constitutes a clear and present danger to democracy, our electoral process and the 2023 general elections.

“It is clear that the APC has since become confused, frenetic and chaotic following the daily mass exodus of its key members into the PDP across the nooks and crannies of the State as witnessed at the PDP Presidential Campaign Rally today in Maiduguri in support of Atiku Abubakar and in clear rejection of the APC Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his running mate, Kashim Shettima.”

The PDP spokesman commended the Borno people for coming out en masse to “resist the APC thugs and ensured the success of the PDP’s Presidential Campaign Rally in support of Atiku Abubakar.”

He said the main opposition party cannot be deterred by cowardly attacks, adding that Nigerians are already connected with the “PDP’s issue-based campaign in the mission to rescue, rebuild and redirect our nation from the asphyxiating misrule of the APC.”

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