APC senatorial candidate attacked, 16 vehicles destroyed in southern Kaduna

The senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Southern Kaduna Zone of Kaduna state, Ishaku Shekarau, was on Saturday attacked by thugs in Fadan Kagoma, Jema’a local government area of the state.

Samuel Aruwan, the spokesperson of Kaduna State APC Campaign Council said this in a statement made available to newsmen Saturday in Kaduna.

Mr. Shekarau, in company with APC stalwarts, was in the town to attend the annual Gwong Day celebration when he was attacked by the thugs who wielded dangerous weapons.

Mr. Aruwan claimed the attackers chanted PDP slogans at the venue, but that could not be independently confirmed by PREMIUM TIMES.

Mr. Shekarau’s personal car was however also smashed by the hoodlums.

Explaining how the attack happened, Mr. Shekarau said: “On getting to the venue, I was subjected to thorough security check. Suddenly hoodlums started attacking me with clubs and dangerous weapons.

“I escaped but they destroyed 16 cars belonging to our party and my bullet-proof car.

“The security personnel saw all that transpired and none of them tried to repel the hoodlums who were brought to Southern Kaduna in droves.

“It is quite unfortunate and condemnable. How can such a thing be allowed by a government that said it wants peace? It is a clear case of inciting violence and intimidation in the name of politics.”

The attack on Mr. Shekarau is the latest in a series of political violence in Kaduna State, most of them targeting APC candidates and their supporters.

Last week in Zaria, thugs, allegedly assisted by security agents, destroyed APC billboards.

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