Angry youths disrupt APC rally, stone dignitaries

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[Katsina]–Angry youths disrupted and stoned dignitaries at a rally organised by the state chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Funtua, Katsina on Saturday.

Dignitaries stoned include Sen. Abu Ibrahim (APC Katsina south) and Alhaji Amiru Tukur (APC Katsina), member representing Bakori/Danja Federal constituency.

According to NAN, the event was supposed to be part of an APC rally where the ruling party would accept those decamping from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) among others but it ended abruptly due to the crisis.

While it took the combined teams of security personnel to rescued notable politicians including the governors’ entourage, some vehicles in the entourage of the governor were still smashed by the irate youths while tear-gas was used to disperse the crowds by the security personnel.

The angry youths were chanting “Bamaso Abu Ibrahim’’ and throwing stones, dust, shoes at dignitaries and entertainers including popular Hausa musician, “Dauada-Rara-Kahua,” who was not allowed to perform at the event.

Amiru Tukur was physically injured by mobs while Abu Ibrahim along with some of his aides and supporters, who were trying to rescue the senator were assaulted.

Speaking earlier at the event, the Katsina state chairman of APC, Alhaji Shitu Shitu, said thousands of people were trooping to the party based on its achievements, adding that similar rally was organised in Dutsi Local Government Area of Katsina North senatorial zone recently.

Alhaji Mansur Banki, former chairman of Malumfashi local government area, who spoke on behalf of those who decamped, said he led more than 5,000 persons to join APC from PDP because of good programmes of President Muhammadu Buhari and Gov. Aminu Masari.

The abrupt rally was attended by Speaker of Katsina State House of Assembly, Alhaji Yahaya Kusada, Sen. Mustapha Bukar (APC Katsina North), Secretary to Katsina State Government, Alhaji Mustapha Inuwa among others.




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