Kwara APC, PDP trade blame over fra­cas

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, Ilorin

Kwara State chap­ter of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) has con­demned the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) in the state over the “wan­ton de­struc­tion of lives and property caused by des­per­a­tion and greed for po­lit­i­cal rel­e­vance”.

Re­act­ing to the vi­o­lence that trailed the PDP ward congress where one per­son was con­firmed dead, the in­terim Pub­lic­ity Sec­re­tary of APC, Al­haji Su­ly­man Buhari, said: “it is dis­turb­ing that PDP has ex­tended its gang­ster­ism to blood-let­ting and sense­less killings in a state known for peace and har­mony”.

But the care­taker com­mit­tee chair­man of PDP, Solomon Edoja, dis­missed the APC al­le­ga­tion, say­ing the PDP re­mains the most peace­ful party in the state. He ac­cused the APC of mas­ter­mind­ing the mayhem at the PDP sec­re­tariat.

It would be re­called that shoot­ing in Ajikobi and Sango on Mon­day stalled the congress in var­i­ous wards in Ilorin-west Lo­cal Govern­ment Area. The po­lice con­firmed the ar­rest of some fac­tional mem­bers of the PDP.

Buhari said the fra­cas which took place at the PDP sec­re­tariat at Sango and Ajikobi cen­tral ward in Ilorin, has “once again brought to the fore the greed and self­ish­ness of mem­bers of the PDP in the state”.

The state­ment added, “Or­di­nar­ily the APC would not have bor­dered it­self with hap­pen­ings in the PDP, but be­cause of our con­cern for in­no­cent people of the state who might be af­fected by the fra­cas”.

It called on the state po­lice com­mand to probe the killings at PDP sec­re­tariat with a view to bring­ing the per­pe­tra­tors to jus­tice.

Edoja in an in­ter­view with Daily Trust blamed the APC for al­legedly be­ing be­hind the dis­rup­tion of PDP ward congress on Mon­day.

He, how­ever, said the party’s ap­peal panel has swung into ac­tion to re­solve crises em­a­nat­ing from the ward congress.

“Let me state clearly that PDP is the most peace­ful of all the par­ties that ex­ist in Kwara State. You re­call that on March 3 when the pres­i­dent vis­ited, not even a sin­gle soul was lost when we gath­ered over 100, 000 party mem­bers. I want to say for the umpteenth time that it is only those who want to desta­bi­lize the party that vis­ited our sec­re­tariat. How can con­gresses be go­ing on in the ward and a crop of thugs would come to the sec­re­tariat? All those people who want to par­tic­i­pate in the con­gresses would nat­u­rally be in their wards. So it can only be the op­po­si­tion that will go to the party head­quar­ters to cause mayhem”, he said.

From left, newly sworn-in Kwara State Civil Ser­vice Com­mis­sion mem­bers Al­haji Isi­aka Labaika, Al­haji Abubakar Gunu Zikki; Chair­man, Al­haji Sal­man Ade­lo­dun Ibrahim and Gover­nor Ab­dul­fa­tah Ahmed of Kwara (right), af­ter the swear­ing-in cer­e­mony at Govern­ment House Ilorin yes­ter­day.

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