The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) of instigating the disruption of its North-West zonal rally in Gumel, Jigawa State held on Wednesday. The police fired tear gas canisters at the PDP supporters at the rally,
Prince Uche Secondus, the National Chairman of the party, alleged that the action must have been instigated by Buhari and his party. He said the PDP believed that Buhari and the APC were trying to give a mistaken impression that they “are popular when the handwriting on the wall is clear that the people have rejected them.”
“They know the magnitude of our followers in every state of the country, including states where their leaders hail from. That is why they are doing everything criminally possible to stop us from having campaigns. But the will of the people will prevail. Nigerians will chase them out with their votes this year,” he said.
Babandi Ibrahim , PDP’s Deputy Chairman in Jigawa State, explained that the party got an approval from the police and the Department of State Services (DSS) before holding the rally. He said he only learnt on Wednesday that CP Bala Zama, the state Police Commissioner, called that the approval earlier given to the party for the North-West zonal rally had been withdrawn.
However, in response, Zama stated that the rally was stopped for security reasons. He explained that he had earlier suggested to the PDP leadership to use the Gumel stadium, but the party insisted on using a venue close to the Gumel Market.
“The party wanted to hold the rally in Hadejia, but later shifted it to Gumel, but later in the night, I was informed by the Area Commander that the rally would hold close to the market; so I called them that they can’t hold the rally close to the market for security reasons.”
“I suggested that they could use the stadium for the rally, but they said they must hold the rally near the market; so I directed my men to cordon the venue off,” Zama said.