The campaign team of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress [APC], Nasir El-Rufai, has issued a statement accusing an unnamed commissioner in Kaduna state of stockpiling arms as part of a plot to unleash violence on the state and blame it on the APC.
Read the full statement, emailed to PREMIUM TIMES, below:
“The APC Kaduna Change Team is vigorously campaigning in Southern Kaduna. This is after suspending its Kaduna rally slated for Saturday.
“But reports have reached us that the PDP is stockpiling weapons to unleash violence tomorrow with the intention to blame it on the APC. Among items seen at the PDP office are axes, knives and brooms. The design here is obvious: the broom is our party’s symbol and the desperate PDP politicians want to equip their thugs with it to create a mirage.
“Intelligence reaching us indicate that a certain commissioner in the PDP government has also been distributing APC vests to their thugs for the mayhem they plan for tomorrow. The PDP knows that it has lost Kaduna State, and it is desperate to obtain by violence that which the people have rejected.
“The APC reiterates once again that any violence in Kaduna State this weekend and during the February elections is the calculated handiwork of the PDP, no matter the attire in which they disguise their thugs. Things have gotten so bad for them that violence is the only package they have prepared for their presidential campaign in Kaduna. The APC has won the confidence of the people of Kaduna State. We will not succumb to provocation; neither shall we accept curfew or any designs against the freely-expressed wishes of the people.
“Once again, APC and its supporters are the intended victims of the violence the PDP is planning.”