The Kano State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abba Yusuf, has accused thugs of the All Progressives Congress (APC) of burning down his home in Gwale Local Government Area of the state.
According to a statement signed by the candidate’s spokesperson, Dawakin-tofa, his residence located at 36 Chiranchi quarters was set ablaze on Monday, February 11, 2019.
He accused Junaidu Abdul Hamid, a personal assistant to the APC state chairman, Abdullahi Abbas, of leading the thugs, numbering about 60, to commit the arson which he said also led to the destruction of a Volkswagen Golf – III model with registration number NSR 237 AE. He disclosed that the residence had been converted into a political office.
“According to eye-witnesses, the same thugs were those who attacked the Kwankwasiyya leaders and their supporters during an annual Eid durbar of Hawan Daushe at the Kofar Kudu, of the Emir’s Palace, Kano.
“It can be recalled that the APC thugs went on a rampage destroying all PDP formations in the state anytime they are out for political rallies despite the fact that Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje appended his signature on the 2019 election peace accord,” he said in a statement sent to Premium Times.
He said the current APC government led by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has sponsored many attacks that violate the signing of a peace accord to ensure violence-free elections in the state.
“Records has clearly shown that the APC rally is dominated by thugs carrying dangerous weapons who usually clash within themselves and so far, scores were feared dead and many injured in Bichi, Rano, Dawakin-Tofa and Doguwa,” he said.
Dawakin-tofa called on security agents in the state to apprehend the culprits and stem the wave on violence in the state which he alleged is being fueled by the APC.
The governorship election is scheduled to take place on March 2, 2019, with Yusuf and Ganduje considered favourites to win.