The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State has condemned Thursday’s attack on its members in Ilorin by thugs loyal to the factional All Progressives Congress, APC governorship candidate in the State, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq.
Some members of the PDP were attacked by the thugs at Adewole and Pakata areas of Ilorin during a rally organized by the APC faction, which was led by Abdulrahman and some top members of the party.
The Kwara PDP in a statement on Friday by its State Publicity Secretary, Mr Tunde Ashaolu, condemned the attack and expressed worry over the intolerance and brigandage being demonstrated by the APC and its supporters.
“At Adewole, the APC thugs attacked our members, who were in a meeting and shot sporadically into the air to disperse them, which resulted into two of our members sustaining gunshot injuries.
The thugs were reportedly led by Comrade Musbau Esinrogunjo, a former senatorial aspirant of the BOB-led APC.
“Also, at Pakata, one Ibrahim Labaika led hoodlums to attack our members with matchet, and one of them was seriously injured.
They also destroyed billboards belonging to our party and the Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki.
“We condemn these attacks on our members while calling on the police to investigate this incident and ensure that the perpetrators are arrested and prosecuted accordingly.
“As a party, we are worried over the frequent attacks on our members, intolerance and brigandage being demonstrated by the APC and its supporters.
We have always alerted the public and security agencies to the violent tendencies of the APC. We are, again drawing the attention of peace-loving Kwarans to this latest act of violence and politics of bitterness by the APC.
“We call on security agencies in the State to look into the activities of this faction of the APC that has been declared illegal by the court.
“The security agencies should also warn the leaders of the party to caution their political thugs in order to prevent any crisis and breakdown of law in any part of the State.
Kwara cannot withstand this circle of hooliganism and violence by the APC.
“We call on Kwarans to stand against these acts of violence and reject these desperate politicians, who want to hijack power by all means possible.
We have a duty to maintain the peace and harmony Kwara has been known for. We must not allow any group of people to endanger the peace and stability we enjoy in the State, particularly as we prepare for the general elections.
“We also urge our members across the State to always remain calm and not to retaliate any attack or provocative acts from the APC.
“The Kwara PDP also wishes to note that no amount of intimidation, harassment and violence would stop our party from winning the forthcoming elections in the State.”