Be alive to your responsibilities, APC Kano Stakeholders tells security agencies

The All Progressives Congress(APC)Kano State Stakeholders has called on the State Police Command and other security agencies to be alive to their responsibilities and take appreciative measures to avoid loss of life and property in the state.

Alhaji Rabiu Bichi who led a delegation of the stakeholders to the APC national secretariat on Thursday in Abuja, made the call while addressing a news conference.

He said in spite of the current political situation in the state, APC members had remained law-abiding citizens and would do everything legally possible to protect their lives and belongings.

Bichi said the news conference was to update the public on the current situation in the state which he said had remained peaceful throughout the eight-year administration of the APC.

This, he added, was as evidenced in the increased number of governmental, Non-governmental Organisations and corporate bodies coming into the state to for conferences, seminars and Annual General Meetings.

Bichi added that the state had also witnessed inflow of Foreign Direct Investments within the period under the APC government.

He said the narrative had however changed since the conduct of the 2023 governorship election and the declaration of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) as the winner of the election.

He stressed that in the face of all confrontations, the ruling APC as peace-loving party, remained calm and had shunned all forms of violence.

He added that the people of the state had been living in perpetual fear of intimidation and threat to life and property, since the assumption of office of the NNPP.

“Starting with the orgy of violence by elements of the NNPP, targeted at the APC.

“Apart from public property, the state headquarters of our party and properties of some leading figures of the APC were torched, all in the name of celebration.

“The APC as a party that has always been promoting the cause of democracy and the rule of law, rejected the outcome of the election.

“And sought to reclaim its mandate through the appropriate channel as laid down in the Electoral Act and the Constitution,” Bichi said.

He added that after filing its case at the State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal that sat in Kano, the APC patiently pursued its case for months.

This, he said, it did up to the pronouncement of the stage where the three-man panel of judges fixed the date for the judgement.

He added that on sensing defeat, the NNPP resorted to threatening to kill the judges of the tribunal should the verdict of the court eventually be announced and not in their favour.

He said the NNPP government had also resorted to sponsored street protests, including embarrassingly the one held in London on which millions of naira were said to have been spent.

“The aim of the protests to further instil fear in the mind of the people failed, as only a few attended,” Bichi said.

He alleged that government of Kano State under the NNPP also set aside millions of naira for propaganda in the media and had been spreading lies and blackmail while harassing officials of the former administration.

Bichi said the NNPP also sustained its attack on the judiciary and cast aspersions on the integrity of the judges.

He said the situation appeared to be getting worse since the embattled leader of the NNPP Sen. Rabi’u Kwankwaso came back to Kano and held a meeting with the party’s stakeholders.

According to Bichi, at the end of the meeting, the NNPP stakeholders come up with line up of activities among which was to unleash violence in the state and to eliminate the APC in Kano.

He said they also plan to make the state ungovernable in the event of Supreme Court judgement in favour of the APC.

“We have it from reliable sources that they are planning a mass protest on Saturday, Nov. 25 during which APC key figures will be targeted.

“It is on this note that we called 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.

“We are law-abiding citizens and will not do anything to disturb peace, but we will not hesitate to protect our lives and belongings,” he said.(NAN)

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