Kaduna PDP loyalists turn Igbo cultural event to political rally
Candidate shuns peace accord in Kano
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) supporters in Kaduna State, at the weekend, turned the Igbo Cultural Day into a campaign rally when representatives of their governorship candidate stormed the Prison Staff Training College, Barnawa, venue of the event.
The jubilant PDP supporters were chanting the party’s slogan despite the presence the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Governor Nasir el-Rufai, and his entourage.
While former Commissioner of Finance, Dr. John Ayuba, and PDP youth leader, Danjuma Sariki, represented the PDP candidate, Isa Kudan, the governor was physically present.
El-Rufai and his entourage, who came much earlier, did not enjoy the rousing welcome the PDP representatives were given when they eventually arrived.
However, the governor, who reeled out the achievements of his administration to the Igbo community, was conferred with the title of Ocho-Udo (peace-seeker) Ndigbo, Kaduna.
President-general of Igbo Community Welfare Association (ICWA), Kaduna, Chief Chris Nnoli, said that the Igbo in the 19 northern states appreciated El-Rufai for his courage in condemning the quit notice to the Igbo in the northern as well as ordering the arrest of those behind the notice.
The PDP representatives explained that they arrived late because they thought that the governor would have denied the Igbo access to the venue, even as there was no formal invitation to them.
Meanwhile, PDP House of Representatives candidate for Tudun Wada/Doguwa federal constituency of Kano State, Air Cdr. Salisu Yusau (rtd.), has ignored a peace accord for major political parties organised by the police in the state.
Yusau is contesting the seat against the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Alhassan Doguwa, who is chief whip of the green chamber, and others.
At least, one person was recently killed and several others injured when supporters of PDP and APC candidates clashed, a development that generated palpable fear in the constituency, according to reports.
Doguwa, who made himself available at the weekend, had failed to honour the invitation earlier with Yusau, The Guardian learnt.
The Commissioner of Police, Rabiu Yusuf, told reporters after meeting with the chief whip that that the latter was at the state’s police headquarters to honour the invitation for a peace accord following the tense political atmosphere in his constituency.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP. Magaji Magiya, explained that the peace accord meeting would be rescheduled to enable candidates of both major parties attend. He insisted that police would not tolerate violation of law and order within the constituency.