Youths attack President-s campaign team in Bauchi

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Angry youths in Bauchi on Thursday twice

pelted President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign

team with stones and water sachets.

The broom-wielding youths first blocked the

motorcade of the President on Nasarawa Street

as it made its way to the palace of the Emir of

Bauchi, where Jonathan and his team were

going to pay homage.

It took the combined efforts of soldiers and riot

policemen to disperse the youths, who were

chanting anti-Peoples Democratic Party slogans

and extolling the All Progressives Congress

presidential candidate, Maj.Gen. Muhammadu

Buhari (retd.)

Along the popular Ran Road, some of the

youths, who were singing “Sai Buhari”

disrupted business activities.

In the President’s motorcade were Vice

President Namadi Sambo; Governor Isa

Yuguda; the PDP National Chairman, Adamu

Mu’azu; and the Minister of the Federal Capital

Territory, Senator Bala Mohammed.

Also on the convoy were Governors Ibrahim

Dankwambo (Gombe) and Godswill Akpabio

(Akwa-Ibom) as well as the Director-General of

the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation,

Ahmadu Ali.

Jonathan and his team however made their

way to the Ibrahim Babangida Square venue of

the campaign rally where they were again

embarrassed by another set of broom-wielding

youths.

Before the arrival of the campaign team at the

venue, the youths were chanting solidarity

songs for the President and the PDP. They

marched round the venue with drums and

placards with the President’s pictures.

They however suddenly turned wild when the

programme began and started pelting

dignitaries on the platform with objects.

They also destroyed Jonathan’s campaign

posters, some of the canopies erected at the

venue and plastic chairs.

Water sachets were thrown at the FCT minister

while he was making his speech and pleading

with the people of the state to vote for

Jonathan and the PDP on February 14.

The other dignitaries on the stand had to

bend their heads to avoid being hit by the

objects that were hurled at them by the crowd.

The obviously embarrassed minister called on

Jonathan and other dignitaries to ignore what

was happening since it was the “handiwork of

the opposition.”

“Fellow supporters of the PDP, let’s ignore what

is happening. This is politics. It is the handiwork

of those who are bent on destroying politics in

Nigeria,” he told Jonathan and the other

members of the campaign team.

When Mohammed shouted, “Nigeria, ” the

crowd shouted back “sai Buhari,” “Ba mayi,”

meaning, “We don’t support the PDP, we

want Buhari.”

A security operative, who claimed to have

witnessed the incidents, told one of our

correspondents in Abuja, that six of his

colleagues in the Department of State Security,

were injured.

He added that four of them were treated at an

undisclosed hospital and discharged

immediately while the remaining two were

admitted.

The two, according to him, had deep cuts on

their heads.

The PUNCH reports that it was very obvious

that the President, Sambo and the other

dignitaries were not happy with the way and

manner they were treated.

This was evident by the look on their faces as

they hurriedly left the venue immediately after

Jonathan’s speech.

Jonathan, in his speech, vowed that

retrogressive forces would not push the PDP

behind in its efforts to develop northern Nigeria.

He promised that if re-elected, he would

develop the country particularly the North, by

educating and empowering youths and

women.

The President said, “There are distractions here.

We are lucky we are in Bauchi, the home of Sir

Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, one of the greatest

leaders who led this country very well. He is

appreciated from the North to the South; the

East to the West.

“He never instigated anybody against anybody.

He spoke about the unity and development of

this country and that is what the PDP stands

for.

“We must educate and empower our young

men and women so that they will not be used

by politicians to cause violence.”

Also, Sambo thanked the people of the state

for their reception but advised them to desist

from engaging in politics of religion.

He said, “Nigeria is not like Saudi Arabia or

Afghanistan which are Islamic countries but in

Nigeria we are mixed and we must work

together.”

A similar incident occurred on Monday when

Governor Isa Yuguda and other dignitaries were

stoned at the PDP governorship rally at the

Darazo Mini-Stadium by angry youths believed

to be supporters of the APC.


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