Ahead of the Saturday 5, December, Bakura State House of Assembly bye-election, the All Progressives Congress having lost hope in the outcome of the election have hatched plans to disrupt the exercise even as the state provided level playing ground to all participating political parties.
In a statement issued to PRIME TIME NEWS on Wednesday and signed by Alhaji Tukur Umar Danfulani, the Chairman
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Zamfara State Chapter confirmed the development.
Just two days to the bye election, it was discovered that the APC candidate to the election, Bello Dankande Gamji led a group of over 200 APC political thugs and destroyed the grand stand where PDP chieftains including the state governor, Bello Mohammed Matawalle was scheduled to address party supporters and formally close the PDP’s campaigns in Bakura.
The thugs who also carried guns to scare away all PDP sympathizers in the area as well as threaten the smooth conduct of the bye election have shot and wounded two of the PDP supporters who attempted to stop them.
The irate thugs also attacked and disloged all security personnel who were already in the area to ensure that peace existed before, during and after the election but which the APC leaders and their supporters did want to see happen.
These acts are similar to what the APC did during the 2019 general elections in the state that led to the party’s total failure.
The destructive APC thugs did not stop there but went to the nearby Dakko ward, attacked the village head, Alhaji Salmanu Muhammad destroyed two of his vehicles, a Kia and an Avensus, a Volkswagen Golf belonging to the PDP and a bakery house which they burnt down.
As law abiding citizens and party, the PDP and its supporters, we want to draw the attention of Mr. President to know what is happening in Zamfara ahead of the state assembly bye election in Bakura local government area particularly on the use of arms by members of the APC with support from their leaders at a time when the state government under PDP rule is trying to entrench peace in the state which had suffered from severe bandits attack under immediate past governor Abdulaziz Yari leadership in the state.
We also want to call on all security agencies in the state in the presence of who we gathered on Thursday, 26/11/2020 to sign a peace accord to guarantee the conduct of a peaceful election, to quickly look into this report and arrest the perpetrators of these attacks.
These acts also went further to buttress the reports and accusations that these people have been behind banditry activities that have been bedeviling our dear state as it was confirmed by the MD Abubakar Committee on Security earlier set up by the Matawalle government.
We wish to clearly and categorically state that those that were seen guiding the attackers included Sani Gwamna who was once held by the security in Abuja for nine months on charges bordering on his association with bandits, Alhaji Rabiu Ilili and Alhaji Sani Garba Gusau, a national commissioner with the National Populations Commission.
For our suppoerters, we are calling on them to continue to be law abiding and remain calm while we await the security agents to do their job on this sad and erroneous matter.