Air Marshal Saddique Abubakar (retired), the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressive Congress in Bauchi State, has talked about how he was attacked by thugs.
He has spoken on the alleged attack on his convoy by suspected thugs during his campaign rally in Duguri village, Alkaleri Local Government Area, the hometown of the governor, Bala Mohammed.
It would be recalled that the APC had accused the ruling PDP in the State of plotting to assassinate the APC gubernatorial candidate.
Speaking on the incident to select journalists at his residence on Saturday, Abubakar accused the governor of allegedly inciting thugs against him through his utterances. “If you are listening to me, you are supposed to be in charge of the security but rather than be in charge, you are creating insecurity in the state through your attitude, your utterances and the way you are conducting some of your supporters, we are following very closely all the activities of the people who are working for the PDP in the state and I believe that the people of Bauchi State will finally speak on the 18th of March.”
He described the claim by the PDP in the state that his security personnel shot at their supporters as ‘cheap propaganda’ adding that the violence that broke out in Duguri was unfortunate and misrepresented.
“Anybody that says my team will be going out to kill anybody, I think that person must be out of his or her mind.” Stating other circumstances where his campaign was allegedly disrupted by the PDP, he said aside from Duguri, his campaign train was also attacked in Akuyam, the hometown of the State PDP Chairman, Alhaji Hamza Akuyam, during another campaign.
“Meanwhile, the Governor went to my LGA, Giade and he was well received. Nobody intimidated him, nobody insulted him, nobody shot at him nor killed anyone but if you look at all these locations, they are PDP locations, even in the Duguri axis, we have been to Kundak, and so many others, what we saw was a jubilant crowd welcoming us, nobody was attacked, why in Duguri? Why in Akuyam, the hometown of the PDP Chairman?” He asked.
“These are questions they need to answer, so I want to say that the APC will not be intimidated, we will look at all situations and I have told all my supporters to exercise maximum restraint and make sure that they did not attack anybody, whether they like it or not, by the grace of God, this PDP gubernatorial will be dismantled by the Bauchi people,” the APC candidate said.