The Labour Party (LP) has cautioned the All Progressives Congress (APC) over increasing attacks on its supporters in Katsina state.
In a statement on Monday by the National Publicity Secretary, Comrade Arabambi Abayomi said, “that the APC has officially adopted violent attacks on LP’s presidential candidate support groups across the states of the nation.”
The party lamented that despite the earlier position by the Katsina state governor, Aminu Masari, that LP flag bearer is not known beyond the South East, the APC “has been caught up by retributive justice to be frustrated into violence by the share strong, heavy and frightening huge crowd of loyal willing supporters of Obi right in the centre of his self – deluded political safe – zone.”
The statement reads in part, “Our party attention was drawn to a mercilessly co-ordinated assault and attacked by the military wing of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Katsina State Chapter on the peace-loving Obedient political movement supporters of the Mr Peter Gregory Obi, the incoming President of the federal republic of Nigeria come May 29th 2022.
“It is fast getting very much clearer that the APC has officially adopted violent attacks on LP’s Presidential Candidate support group across the States of the Nation. LP finds this trend quite unacceptable and condemn the growing terrorism of APC in virtually some APC controlled State in the Nation.
“Once again, LP has to re-emphasise the fact that no one political party has a monopoly of crude and organized violence.
“It is an irony that a sitting Governor who has earlier so pompously claimed that Peter Obi is not known beyond the South East has been caught up by retributive justice to be frustrated into violence by the share strong, heavy and frightening huge crowd of loyal willing supporters of Peter right in the centre of his self – deluded political safe – zone.”
While calling for the redeployment of the State Commissioner of police, Abayomi in the statement called on security agencies to be up to task ahead of the poll.
He stressed that they must not continue to appear helpless in the face of attacks on its supporters.
The statement further said that “With the ongoing level of insecurity to properties and lives of the people in Katsina as a result of banditry, mass killings, very many rampant and audacious cases of kidnappings in this Katsina state, it is quite disheartening that rather than try to confront these large scale terrors, the Government of Katsina chose to ignore insurgency only to get busy in using weapons of destruction against the harmless and peaceful Obedient supporters.
“The APC that has technically surrendered to the Insurgents as it opted for begging and negotiating with the terror groups finds it so appropriate to visit innocent Citizens with official terror as it fails woefully at protecting the lives and properties of the Katsina State residents who live in daily fear of terrorists.
“How could this very clueless and incompetent Govt of APC against the ever growing band of kidnappers and bandits win, when the arms bought with tax payers money are simply shared to APC party thugs and hoodlums.
“The APC federal and state govts are cancers in the seat of governance everywhere they are ruling. In Katsina state at the moment, for a citizen to travel from one town or village to another is a matter of life and death because of the danger posed by the terrorists who appear to have tactical cover and support from the APC Govts.
“This increasing violence being employed by the APC governments in the nation is so much smelling of political conspiracy within the rank and file of APC and confirms the wide suspicion that APC covers, sustains and indirectly empowers terror in the nation”.