The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the violent attack on its presidential campaign rally in Kaduna by “sponsored armed hoodlums,” suggesting it was spearheaded by an unnamed governorship candidate in the state.
In a statement by its national publicity secretary, Debo Ologunagba, in Abuja on Monday, the party described the attack as unprovoked and reprehensible.
Mr Ologunagba said the perpetrator aimed to frustrate the party’s presidential rally by triggering tension, violence and bloodletting in Kaduna.
“This is contrary to the undertaking in the peace accord signed by political parties on September 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,” the PDP statement alleged.
The PDP noted that the brains behind the attack were intimidated by Atiku Abubakar’s popularity and acceptance among the majority of Nigerians.
“These desperate elements should be reminded that from history, the people of Kaduna have never been cowed or subjugated and cannot now, especially in their present resolve to vote in Abubakar as the next president of Nigeria,” added the statement.