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PDP slams police for botched Kano rally 

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday, accused the Nigerian Police of forcefully denying citizens their fundamental human right, stressing that such a development was a recipe for anarchy.

The party’s observations followed suspension of its planned mega rally in Kano, due to security warning from the Kano State Police Command.

In response to PDP’s allegation, the Presidency has advised the party’s leadership to stop raising false alarms in a bid to gain public sympathy and divert attention from its abysmal past record and failures.

A statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, stated: “President Muhammadu Buhari is passionately committed to free and fair elections in the country and for a man, who joined forces with local and international observers to ensure a free and fair election, which brought him to power in 2015, the President would under no circumstances tolerate any attempt to derail constitutional democracy.”

According to PDP, the botched Kano rally was planned to formally receive a Progressive Democratic Movement (PDM) governorship aspirant, Bashir Ishaq Bashir, into the party in his Gaya hometown.

The party’s state chairman, Alhaji Mas’ud El-Jibril Doguwa, who addressed journalists, yesterday, in Kano, said the cancellation was reached after wide consultations, maintaining that the police action amounted to infringement on the people’s fundamental human right to freedom of movement.

He said: “We had informed the Police in writing of the rally about a week ago, only to receive a message from them on Thursday, advising us to shelve the rally for security reasons. Our responsibility was to notify the Police, which we did. Mind you, we were not taking permission from them. 

We also believe the responsibility of the Police was to protect us.”

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