Officials of the All Progressives Congress, APC, have blamed the incident in some parts of the North where objects were thrown at a campaign convoy of Presudent Goodluck Jonathan on fifth columnists within the president’s own Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Nonetheless, the officials disclosed that the party’s presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) is seriously concerned about the incident, and his reaction is expected to be recorded in Hausa before the end of Friday to be broadcast on radio stations across the North, urging people to understand the need for a peaceful election and not to foment trouble.
The Director-General of Buhari’s campaign organization, Malam Garba Shehu, who made this position known, said the message would also be translated into English to ensure Nigerians understand the need for a rancor-free atmosphere not only for election period but including life and living before and after the elections.
He, however, pointed to the fact that grudges created within PDP across the country as a result of its primaries may also be responsible for the attacks on the presidential convoy.
Shehu reminded journalists that the APC came out and condemned violence of any kind after the stone throwing incident in Katsina noting that violence is totally unacceptable to the opposition party.
The APC campaign spokesman recalled that a statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary of APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed after the Katsina incident, said President Jonathan should be free to campaign anywhere in the country without hindrance.