The police have disrupted a rally of the Peoples Democratic Party in Gumel, Jigawa State.
Channels Television reported that the police fired tear gas canisters at the PDP supporters at the rally, which was held on Wednesday.
The Deputy Chairman of the state PDP, Babandi Ibrahim, who confirmed the disruption of the campaign to journalists, said the party got an approval from the police and the Department of State Services before holding the rally.
Ibrahim stated that he only learnt on Wednesday that the state Police Commissioner, Bala Zama, called that the approval earlier given to the party for the North-West zonal rally had been withdrawn.
However, the National Working Committee of the PDP frowned on the disruption of the rally by the police.
It alleged that the action must have been instigated by President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress.
The National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, said the PDP believed that Buhari and the APC were trying to give a mistaken impression that they “are popular when the handwriting on the wall is clear that the people have rejected them.”
Secondus told one of our correspondents that the “drowning party (the APC) has been struggling to give artificial relevance to its image by trying to lure people and create some photoshops to give an impression of a non-existent relevance and popularity.”
He said, “They know the magnitude of our followers in every state of the country, including states where their leaders hail from. That is why they are doing everything criminally possible to stop us from having campaigns.
“But the will of the people will prevail. Nigerians will chase them out with their votes this year.”
But the Jigawa State Commissioner of Police, explained that the rally was stopped for security reasons.
Zama stated that he suggested to the PDP leadership to use the Gumel stadium, but the party insisted on using a venue close to the Gumel Market.
He said, “The party wanted to hold the rally in Hadejia, but later shifted it to Gumel, but later in the night, I was informed by the Area Commander that the rally would hold close to the market; so I called them that they can’t hold the rally close to the market for security reasons.”
“I suggested that they could use the stadium for the rally, but they said they must hold the rally near the market; so I directed my men to cordon the venue off,” the CP said.