Opposition laments stoning of Presidential campaign convoyfrom AUGUSTINE OSAYANDE in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA – IN an unprecedented development, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has strongly condemned the reported stoning of the campaign convoy of President Goodluck Jonathan in Katsina State.
The main opposition said violence of any kind is totally unacceptable to the party.
The party, in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said President Jonathan should be free to campaign anywhere in the country without hindrance.
It said even though the attack on the President’s convoy took place a day after the so-called death-wish-for-Buhari newspaper advertorial that was put out in the name of the President, nothing justified the stoning of the President’s convoy anywhere in the country.
The opposition party restated its commitment to a continuous enlightenment of its members and supporters to eschew violence before, during and after next month’s general elections, and urged other parties to follow suit.
“We consider election as a celebration of democracy, not a do-or-die affair. Whether or not one agrees with the campaign message of any party, engaging in violence negates the very essence of democracy and should be condemned by all,” APC said.
Alleged political thugs allegedly stoned the President’s campaign convoy in Katsina.
The incident is one in a series of violent acts ahead of the February poll.
– CAJ News
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