The All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged the Inspector-General of Police to urgently institute a probe into the stoning of President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign convoy in Bauchi last week, following the revelation by a top PDP member that the attack was indeed stage managed by unnamed PDP stalwarts.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Monday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the investigation is necessary in view of the criminal nature of the attack, and the attempt to shift the blame on the APC.
”We stand by our earlier statement in which we pointedly accused the PDP of sponsoring the attacks on President Jonathan in Katsina and Bauchi as part of its devilish plan to demonize the opposition and force a postponement of next month’s general elections, and we are glad we have been proved right,” APC said.
The party said it is now apparent that the PDP Presidential Campaign Organization is out of tune with developments within its own party, hence its spokesman considers the APC’S statement, that the attack was orchestrated by the PDP, as ‘absurd and reckless’, without a shred of evidence to support that specious argument.
”The excitable and garrulous Femi Fani-Kayode rushed to the press to condemn the APC, in his usual skittish self, without taking the pains to know what Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State and a top official of his party, the PDP, said about the attack.
That action is what is ‘absurd, reckless and asinine’. ”Since he will rather learn about the happenings in his party from outsiders, we will like to quote what Gov. Yuguda said on the Hausa Service of the BBC and reported by Daily Trust and other media outlets on Sunday: ‘I am sure and let the world know that the people who did this thing were PDP members and those politicians in Abuja were the ones behind it; they were not APC members. They found these youths on the road and gave them brooms and they instructed them that when the president was passing they should raise the brooms and pelt them at him’,” APC said.
The party expressed the hope that Fani-Kayode will allow himself a rare moment of sobriety by admitting that he goofed terribly in pitching a wrong position, and then follow up with a public apology to Nigerians for misleading them.