Abubakar Abdulkadir, Kano
The New Nigeria Peoples Party NNPP in Kano state has condemned Intimidation and harassment of its members, warning that the trend will not mean well for democracy and Freedom of political ideologies.
The state Chairman Alhaji Umar Haruna Doguwa made the remark today while briefing newsmen on the recent political happenings in Kano ahead of 2023 general elections.
Haruna Doguwa also urged the Nigeria Police to always be neutral and non partisan before, during and after the elections.
He said, NNPP is a peace loving political party that has been carrying out its activities without any form of crisis.
” So far, we have visited 27 local governments on a state rally and there were no report of crisis other than in some cases where the ruling APC sponsored their thugs as part of their mission to disrupt our rallies which have been aborted”.
”Despite our love for peace we have decided not to remain silence on issues bothering on political crisis such as intimidation, harassment, maiming and injuring innocent citizens particularly the supporters of NNPP”.
He said the party demonstrate it’s commitment to building peace in Kano as it suspended all political rallies for two days during the recent visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to Kano to ensure that he has a peaceful visit.
”But Unfortunately, it was speculated that the State Government would orchestrate a shameful attack on the President’s convoy which we as a party highlighted to the Nigeria Police in Kano through a formal letter to all security agencies.
” The rest is now history as we are yet to hear of any arrest.With the elections drawing closer by the day, Kano State Government is faced with the reality of imminent defeat at the polls. It has therefore, devised devilish means of manipulating elections through attack and intimation of members of the opposition parties using primarily political thugs and some police personnel who ordinarily ought to be apolitical in the discharge of their responsibility”
Haruna Doguwa also lamented that, eleven days after the unfortunate attacks on the country home of one of their leading members who serves as the Director Intelligence and Strategy, Barr. Muhuyi Magaji Rimingado which occurred at Rimingado Local Government after the visit of our gubernatorial candidate, Abba Kabir Yusuf, the police were seen raiding the Sharada resident of Barr. Muhuyi Magaji again at around 9:30pm on Tuesday 7th February, 2023.
”This came as a surprise to us because we are aware of a subsisting court judgement, restraining the police from such an act. A copy of the Court judgement is available in the public domain. Though the motive of doing the latest act is still unknown, but is not unconnected with his running battle with the incumbent Governor of Kano State where the later is very uncomfortable with decision of the unrepentant Anti-Corruption Czar joining forces with the NNPP to salvage what is remaining of Kano State from his administration”
The NNPP chairman said, the police who failed to receive and treat the complaints of NNPP members of Danbatta, Takai and Makoda Local Governments have now resorted to harassment and intimidation of their members including some candidates of the party, campaign spokespersons, social media activists and the Director General of the Campaign, Dr Ali Abuakar Makoda.
”We are not unaware of the plans by the APC-led Administration in Kano State to frame our members in the buildup to elections in order to intimidate them and pave way for election rigging. It is on this note that the party condemn in strong terms the recent attacks and intimidation of its members, as there is no level of pressure that will deter us from breaking the shackles of the unrepentant corrupt politician whose symbol of identification is stocking American Dollars in their pockets”.