APC campaign office in Bauchi torched

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Mijinyawa Ahmed

Unknown attackers in Bauchi on Friday set fire to the campaign office of All Progressive Congress, APC, gubernatorial candidate, Mohammed Abubakar, witnesses said.

Mr. Abubakar said he believed the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was behind the attack.

Some residents of Bauchi told PREMIUM TIMES the arson may be a retaliation of an earlier attack on President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign team in the town.

On Thursday, hoodlums hurled shoes, plastic bottles and other objects at the podium where the president and his team sat, as he visited Bauchi for campaigns.

The youth later vandalised PDP billboards and posters in the capital, and set fire to a police van.

The purported revenge attack took place at about 2a.m. Friday.

The unknown assailants vandalized the Bauchi South Senatorial District campaign office of Mr. Abubakar, located on Kobi Street, after reportedly arriving in three Hilux pickups.

One witness said “We woke up and saw the office on fire and all the relevant things in the office had already been burnt and there was nothing we could do at that time to save the situation. We did not envisage that any reasonable person could do such a thing.”

The APC governorship candidate, Mr. Abubakar described the incident as “unfortunate, barbaric and undemocratic”, and said he accused supporters of PDP of being behind the attack.

He said APC is a peaceful party and that they are determined to win the governorship elections.

“We in APC are not violent people and we are guided by the simple principles of issue-based campaign and not violence. Our peaceful conduct is already giving us an edge over our opponents and we can never resort to violence at any point of our campaign,” he said.


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  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    The signs are not only desperate, but omnious!

    PDP is clearly not leaving power without seeking to destroy the country first.

    We all have a duty to stand up to, and in the way of, those who do not mean well for the country but for their own pockets and interests.


    • Lenton Isokariari

      Violence begets violence. The leaders of the two major political parties (PDP and APC) should summon enough moral courage to restrain their fanatical supporters from unleashing terror on hapless citizens of this country . We must cow Nigerians to believe as if the current wave of political intolerance is being perpetrated by only one party.God will surely rescue us from the clutches of desperate politicians.

      • Pull-Me-Push-You

        ”fanatical supporters’.

        Even online comments from members of this Violent Party with ‘fanatical supporters’ gives them away..regardless of who/what they pretend to be.
        Self righteous hypocrites!

        • Musa Abdul

          @Pull-Me-Push-You: Can you mention any APC state where PDP was attacked? Do you know why? Because APC is not the violent Party. All APC states ensured Campaigns were not hindered in anyway. They ensured that their supporters provided necessary protection and cover to the PDP during their campaigns. What is baffling is that all the attacks on the PDP happened in the PDP controlled states. In fact the one in Bauchi occurred at the campaign venue, by PDP supporters, yet APC is blamed. This a case of given a dog a bad name in order to hang it. Everyone knows who is afraid of the election. Despite the mention by OBJ of Jonathan not finishing his PhD, the APC did take that as an issue, because it is not their concern. Those who attack are well known – FFK, Fayose, Okupe…. Please lets all contribute to ensuring that campaigns are issue based, not based on Personal or Party attacks.

          • Ayodele

            Musa Abdul@. From the question in your comment, it seems you reside in the moon Sir.

          • Dam it.

            Please, tell him again. I wander how …
            Presidential convoy/campaign team stoned in Katsina, Baluchi, …, he is still not aware.

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        @Lenton, is GMB and APC not doing enough to discourage violence?

        They have condemned EVERY single incident of violence and disowned every act of violence.

        On the contrary, PDP seem to be relishing every act of violence and have refused to condemn a SINGLE act of violence!

        Is it not crystal clear where the pendulum of violence is swinging from; the party that is firing guns, throwing bombs and torching opponents?

        Ol’ boy, if we are seeking objectivity, we need to be brutally honest about it.

        Call a spade a spade, PDP is desperate.

  • zacchaeus Akinleye

    When the Oyibo is forced to quit, he leaves excrement on the seat …this is how the PDP wants to be remembered, unfortunately. The last days of tyranny are here.

  • excel

    The act of violence must be reject at all level.

  • warry

    I have watched the video of the barbaric act ,APC youths,mostjy underaged shouting Bamaiyi,destroying President Jonathan’s bill boards and attacking security men and the convoy of the president in Bauchi ,yesterday.Now APC says same night their campaign office was torched possibly by PDP members to counter the possible backlash from the shameful behaviour of their members.Once some one is good at lying he will lie even when it is not necessary to do so.

  • UYI111

    look how they are crying now you encourage it how can your apc be a peaceful party by throwing stones at the PDP in a PDP state you are asking for trouble trouble you shall get double shege

  • Dumbo

    Handwork or PDP orchestrad by FCT minister Bala mohammed and Gov. Yugufa who were highly embarrassed yesterday and were heavily pelted with pure water. Ordinary people cannot afford to move in hilux except pdp / bokoharam. Their end is just around the corner.

  • neromagana2015

    If you care to agree with me, this violence started in the south. The incidents in the North were just in reliation of several attacks and I do not see an end to this because the leadership of this country was in a better position to stop it abinitio. There was an attack on the supporters of the APC at Port Harcourt presidential campaign where people were killed and several others wounded. What did Jonathan’s govt do? The answer is nothing! Two campaign offices of APC were bombed on different occassions. What did Jonathan’s govt do? The answered is nothing. Not even a statement of condemnation was issued by the govt of GEJ, the PDP or their co-travellers. I do not encourage or support violence but in an environment where impunity, gangsterism, executive lawlessness and executive sentiments are order of the day, violence is inevitable. If the GEJ govt had come out to condemn the first attack, subsequent once might not follow. What happened in Kastina and Baluchi were reprisal attacks! Feferal Govt needs to be up to the task.

    • Otile

      The bad thing about this event is that Jonathan has prevented Imam Buhari from obtaining a genuine certificate from Cambridge. Jonathan also made Imam to swear a false affidavit to enable him qualify to run for this coveted post. Probably Jonathan made the school in Katsina forge a certificate for Imam. Even though Imam studied Maths, Physics and Chemistry Jonathan prevented them from passing him in those important sciences.

      Sai FailBuhari14

  • Frances Jini

    The state we are in this country, we can’t afford a step backward. We need a man like President Jonathan who understands the true nature of democratic nation to continue in his transformation agenda, who means well for this country

  • King Carlos

    PDP have shown that they will not go down without a fight. Is a government existing in this country? What happened to the commissioner of police, the NSA and DSS? What is wrong with our intelligence gathering? Are the culprits not meant to be arrested? Why can’t the security agencies show their force in order to serve as deterrence to miscreants? Its better we claim our country from these people before they turn it into another Yemen.

    Statements from Fayose, and the continuous usage of the words “born to rule” by the president’s supporters is obviously is an insult to the people of the north. The northerners read newspapers and they know what’s going on. They are the biggest victims of terror, but still, people still hurl insults at them. It’s high time we start seeing the whole country as one, please don’t let these politicians destroy our country.

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Good. These APC animals need to be put on notice that they do not have a monopoly of violence.

  • SAM .A

    Desperation of PDP bombed APC office in Port Harcourt , attacked electorate coming for campaign in PH,set fire on APC office in Bauchi @ 2:00AM . Masses should be thinking hard , how to prevent Abortion of this fragile Democracy .
    We may wake up on May 29 and arrive at Ivory Coast . Gbagbo alternative may be hanging in the Air . International Community should focus on Nigeria now. We want peaceful transition.Both side MUST abide by Kofi Annah peaceful
    Accord they all signed.

  • SAM .A

    Wake up from your hallucination & delusion. May The Almighty God from this early morning start making the Transformation Jonathan has brought to Nigeria to start happening in your life any where you are , kidnapping like Chibok girls, blood letting as is happening in NE , bombing in PH , setting fire in Bauchi will never depart from your house & your live

  • Gideon Orkar

    APC and violence. They follow each other

  • Ikechi Ngwube

    PDP knows that their tricks have expired. It now organizes mock attacks on itself and employs same to attack APC. That was how they rigged the 2011 elections, killed some corpers and turned round to blame same on APC. That was how they launched Boko Haram to use for political strategy- read Late Gen. Azazi’s security reports that linked PDP to Boko Haram for which he was removed and killed. That was how they launched Niger Delta militants. That was how they started attacking APC supporters in a Rivers. These are all well known tricks by PDP and that is why all attacks do far had been in PDP states- does that surprise you? PDP wants to instigate violence as a way of preventing their looming eventual defeat at the polls but this will certainly fail. The full disclosure of the real intrigues of this deadly cult called PDP will start in May 2015 when they are finally chased away from power. Mark my words!

  • samson john

    APC and dia propaganda