The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the brutal assault on its Presidential Campaign Rally in Kaduna, the capital of Kaduna State, by sponsored armed thugs.
In a statement released Monday in Abuja by its National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, the party described the attack as unwarranted and abhorrent.
Ologunagba stated that the perpetrator’s intent was to thwart the PDP presidential rally and generate tension, violence, and bloodshed in Kaduna State.
“This is contrary to the undertaking in the Peace Accord signed by political parties on Sept. 28 by presidential candidates.
“The attack today must give well-meaning Nigerians concern as some reports allege that the vicious assault on the PDP Presidential Campaign was spearheaded by a governorship candidate in Kaduna State,” he said.
According to certain reports, the savage assault on the PDP Presidential Campaign was orchestrated by a Kaduna State governorship candidate, he claimed.
Ologunagba stated that those responsible for the attack were terrified by Atiku Abubakar’s widespread popularity and support among the majority of Nigerians.
“In any case, our party is undeterred by such cowardly attack as Nigerians are already connected with our issue-based campaign and Abubakar’s message of hope which is already resonating throughout the nooks and crannies of our country.
“The PDP salutes the courage displayed by the people of Kaduna State in coming out enmasse to resist and overwhelm the party response for the attack and its agents.
“We salute the people’s efforts in ensuring the success of the PDP Rally, reinforce their support for Abubakar and re-emphasize the fact that Kaduna State is home to PDP, which gave Abubakar the highest votes in the 2019 Presidential election.
“These desperate elements should be reminded that from history, the people of Kaduna has never been cowed or subjugated and cannot now especially in their present resolve to vote in Abubakar as the next President of Nigeria.”
Ologunagba noted that the PDP recognized the large influx of new members from the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State and across the nation.
“Kaduna is a melting pot state and such inflow into the PDP denotes the confidence and trust Nigerians, irrespective of ethnicity, religion, and political affiliation, repose in Abubakar as the next President of Nigeria,” he said.