Ismail Abdulazeez Mantu Reporting
Kano State, Nigeria
There is tension in Kano as stakeholders of the APC and those of the NNPP have fixed street demonstration for Saturday.
Addressing newsmen on Thursday at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja, the Director-General of the Gawuna/Garo Campaign Organisation, Rabiu Suleiman Bichi, who led other stakeholders consisting of members of the Kano State House of Assembly, former commissioners, ex-special advisers and other stalwarts of the APC in the state, he said while the NNPP would be staging a mass protest in Kano on Saturday, the APC would organise a mass rally same day.
Bichi said the information available to them showed that NNPP stakeholders fixed a mass protest for Saturday after meeting with their leader, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.
He however, insisted that APC stakeholders would also hold a mass rally same day in Kano, in support of the party’s candidate.
When asked to explain why the APC would hold a mass rally on Saturday when it was already established that the NNPP would be staging a mass protest in Kano, Bichi said, “We are also going for a mass rally on Saturday as part of democracy.”
Answering a question on likely outbreak of violence, he said, “We are law-abiding citizens and will not do anything to disturb peace, but we will not hesitate to protect our lives and belongings.
“Things appear to be getting worse since the embattled leader of the NNPP, Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, came back to Kano on Sunday, where he held a meeting of the party’s stakeholders.
“However, the people of Kano have been living in perpetual fear of intimidation and threat to life and property, since the assumption of office, starting with the orgy of violence by elements of the NNPP, targeted at APC.”
“We have it from reliable sources that they are planning a mass protest on Saturday. It is on this note that we call on the Kano State police command and other security agencies to be alive to their responsibilities and take appreciative measures to avoid loss of life and property.