There was pandemonium at Ranches Bees Stadium, Kaduna, venue of the rally of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential flagbearer, Atiku Abubakar, as suspected hired thugs attacked party loyalists at the venue.
The thugs who also displayed dangerous weapons like machetes and sticks threw stones at the crowd at the venue.
Daily Trust reporter, who was at the venue, saw people were running in different directions.
it was also gathered that some of the thugs-sized phones belonging to people at the event.
“They collected the phones of innocent people at the gate before going into the venue. I’m going back home because I didn’t come here to die or get injured because only God knew who these thugs are or who sent them,” one of the people that escaped from the premises told Daily Trust.
Reacting to the incident, Atiku asked President Muhammadu Buhari to call supporters of other parties to order.
“I have just received emergency reports of attacks on @OfficialPDPNig supporters by thugs sponsored to scuttle the ongoing PDP campaign rally in Kaduna State. This is undemocratic and against the Peace Accord all parties signed up for just a few weeks ago.
“I urge President Muhammadu Buhari to call on all parties to call their supporters and members to order and to ensure that campaigns, just as with the elections themselves, are kept free, fair and safe.”
He wondered why some parties and their supporters could break away from the peace pact
Contacted the State Police Command, DSP Mohammed Jalige said they have deployed security agencies at the venue.