Unidentified political thugs on Tuesday pelted President Goodluck Jonathan’s convoy in Katsina State during the continuation of his re-election campaign in the North-West.
Signs that all was not well came to the fore when broom-wielding youths, suspected to be members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, surged forward towards the president’s convoy, chanting “sai Buhari” (for Buhari), when he went to pay a courtesy visit on the late President Umaru Yar’Adua’s mother, Hajiya Dada.
The APC presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, hails from Daura in Katsina State.
The president was accompanied on the visit by Vice President Namadi Sambo; National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Adamu Muazu; and Governor Ibrahim Shema of Katsina State among others.
Security agents had a hectic time dispersing the crowd.
But they regrouped again and made to attack President Jonathan’s convoy as he was ready to leave the residence after the visit.
Security agents had to fire tear gas canisters to disperse the youths to allow vehicles in the convoy speed off.
As the presidential delegation made their way towards the Katsina Airport, the youths again hurled stones at the convoy.
No case of injury was however reported.
Meanwhile, there are reports the youths destroyed campaign billboards of the president in the state following the visit.