Twenty hoodlums and political thugs who led an attack on the UTC campaign office of the former governor Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as well as the Goodluck/sambo campaign office in Maiduguri, where several persons were wounded have been arrested.
The suspects, under interrogations alleged that they were instructed to burnt down the campaign offices by leadership of their party, APC.
This was revealed at a press conference addressed in Maiduguri by the Muhammad Imam Campaign Organisation led by the Executive Secretary, Alhaji Shettima Baram, who presented videos and photographs as well as PDP supporters who were attacked and wounded by the APC supporters during the attack.
Speaking during the press conference, the Executive Secretary expressed misgivings on the spate of violence activities in Borno State with fear that the violence, if not curbed on time may affect the conduct of elections in the state.
He said, members of the Peoples Democratic Patty (PDP) in Borno state were gravely concerned the promise by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct free, fair and peaceful election in Borno may not be realistic with the violent and undemocratic approaches noted of the All Progressive Congress, (APC) led government under Kashim Shettima.
The statement reads: “It is rather surprising that, on Monday, February 16, 2015, we woke up into another day of threats, violence, maiming and destruction of property by the same APC supporters, who were claiming to progressives. If you let me, I would ask, what necessitate this act of barbarism? Sure, this portray what the APC stand for and what the party is planning against the good people of Borno state ahead of the general election.
@While we are pursuing all peaceful means to sell our party and its candidates for the 2015 general elections; the APC has been demonstrating that it dreads peaceful means and therefore, choose to play dirty by way of intimidation, threats and violence as in their thinking is the only way to win election.
“This shows that, they are not actually prepared for election or they fear that they have nothing to present to the electorate as achievement to warrant their re-election bid. This is indeed sad and a rather unfortunate means which politics with bitterness as in their case maybe presented.
“This also shows that, the APC are product of bad governance, enemy of democracy and worsts still enemy of Borno state and its people.
“The coming of General Muhammadu Buhari to Borno state, is an eye opener to all citizens of the state, giving the fact that, what happened at the rally of the APC was that, the APC as a party are product of violence.
“They have demonstrated again what derives them by attacking innocent citizens for no just course but simply for identifying with another party. Motorists were being stopped for search as any vehicle found to be carrying PDP OR GOODLUCK STICKER was being vandalise.
“The APC youths in their hundreds storm our main campaign office at the former UTC where they beat up our supporters (Some are currently critical conditions in different hospitals where they are receiving treatment). They vandalised our office and set it on fire on the order of the authorities while we watch.
“This is indeed their own version of democracy. As if that was not enough, even as the fire service were struggling to quench the fire, the APC mob headed for GOODLUCK campaign office with the intention to set it also ablaze until they were repel by security operatives.
“One of the police assign to guard the GOODLUCK/SAMBO campaign office, a sergeant was brutally manhandled by the APC mob as his uniform torn into pieces while his other belonging carted away including his ID card by the APC mob. This shows that, the APC has no regard or respect for our uniform men.
“The mob did not stop at that, they went ahead even to attack military equipment that were being brought into the state for the war against the insurgency. In fact, they have attempted to set the military equipment ablaze but for the timely intervention of the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division Nigerian Army.
“We want to state that, when our Presidential Standard bearer, President Goodluck Jonathan came to the state none of our party supporters resorted to violence.
“Equally, when the APC standard bearer, General Muhammadu BUHARI took his campaign rally to Bayelsa and other PDP stronghold, no single stone was thrown at him. We therefore, do not know why APC supporters should resort to violence at any given opportunity except of course, they want to tell us that they are only displaying their known trademark, which is part of their product and what they are offering the Borno people and indeed Nigerians as a whole.
“We are totally committed to the peace accord signed by all presidential candidates, including General Muhammadu BUHARI, who was our former Military Administrator and head of state, whom we all respect and our amiable standard bearer, President GOODLUCK Jonathan, a true democratic leader.”