Mob Disrupts APC Rallies In Nasarawa & Keffi

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Gov Almakura commissioning water project in Nasarawa Eggon Local Government

Angry mobs poured into two separate campaign venues in Nasarawa and

Keffi yesterday and disrupted the All Progressives’ Congress (APC)

campaign led by Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura,

 

The governor is leading a campaign of the APC ahead of local

government council elections scheduled to come up this Saturday.

 

No sooner had the campaign kicked off than angry rioters reacting to

alleged widespread substitution of candidates by the party, blocked

the convoy of the governor.

 

The governor’s convoy was pelted with stones and garbage in Nasarawa

Township, after two of the aspirants who contested in the

controversial February primaries presented themselves at the campaign

venues as candidates. Attempts by the party officials to announce the

candidate for the election sent angry youths heading towards the VIP

stand, and disrupting the process.

 

Although the governor and his entourage escaped unhurt, stones and

garbage hurled by the angry mob hit the vehicles from all directions.

 

The incident compelled the party to put off campaigns in Nasarawa,

following which the convoy moved to Keffi, where the venue was already

set in front of the Emir of Keffi’s palace.

 

But a mob, reacting to the outcome of the February’s primary election

where the party announced a candidate in Lafia in substitution of the

winner of the exercise, stormed the venue before the governor got

there, and burned the podium raised for him to present the candidate

with the party flag.

 

The party declared Suleiman Auwalu as the winner of the primary

election in Keffi, but two days later, the state party structure

announced Mohammed Dikko in Government House, sparking series of

violence in the ancient town.

 

But the governor, after meeting with both parties in the Keffi

contest, drove to the same venue, where a new podium was set up, and

handed the flag to Dikko.

 

Director of Press to the governor, Ilyasu Ali Yakubu confirmed the

incident in Nasarawa and Keffi, but insisted that the governor was not

pelted.

 

State police spokesman, ASP Umaru Ismaila said he had no information

on the incident.

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