25th January, 2023
The presidential campaign council of Labour Party has explained how the convoy of its candidate, Peter Obi, was attacked two times during his campaign in Katsina State on Monday.
Spokesperson for Obi/Datti Presidential Campaign Council Diran Onifade, in a statement on Tuesday said Obi was attacked by hoodlums on his way to the airport after his rally in Katsina.
According to Onifade, some yet to be identified hoodlums had hurled heavy stones at the driver’s side of Obi’s vehicle on his way to the airport.
He said the stone caused a heavy damage to the vehicle, though Obi and those in the car with him escaped without sustaining injuries.
The spokesperson added that another set of hoodlums attacked the campaign convoy with stones in front of the Katsina stadium.
He said the attack left several vehicles, including that of the official stage crew damaged.
The Campaign Council therefore called on security agencies to investigate the two incidents to prevent a future occurrence of the attack which he ascribed to politicians who are creating the false impression that they have control of the Northwest, but were shocked by the massive turnout at the rally.
“Our candidate had met with women in a townhall and then held a hugely successful Rally at the Muhammad Dikko Stadium.
“However, on his way to the airport, hoodlums attacked the car our candidate was riding in with heavy stones from his drivers side causing substatial damage to the vehicle.
“To the glory of God, Mr Obi and other occupants of the car were unhurt.
“Subsequently another set of thugs also threw stones outside the stadium which damaged several vehicles including that of our official stage crew.
“The two incidents taken together make us suspect that the attacks may have been premeditated at the behest of desperate polititicians who had been deluding themselves with the false claim that they had the northwest locked up but are now shocked by the show of force of the Obidient movement in the region.
“While thanking the good people of Katsina who came out enmasse to support our campaign yesterday, we call on security agencies to investigate this matter to forestall future occurrences,” the Campaign Council said.