A video of how suspected thugs disrupted the campaign rally of Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), has surfaced.
A video clip shared by The Nation showed how the thugs invaded the rally and beat up participants.
VIDEO: Thugs invade Atiku's rally in Kaduna pic.twitter.com/5NEzzmTsUh
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The thugs invaded the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, the venue of the rally on Monday, with swords and cutlasses, beating participants at the rally.
The former vice president condemned the attacks by suspected thugs.
“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,” Atiku wrote on Twitter.
Major stakeholders had recently in Abuja signed a Peace Accord against violence as the 2023 general elections approach.
He urged 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.
Shehu Sani, a former senator, had earlier raised the alarm that thugs invaded the Atiku Rally venue in Kaduna with swords and machetes.
He did not give details, if there were casualties and if security agents were able to put the situation under control.
Sani also hinted that Atiku was denied the use of Ahmadu Bello Stadium Kaduna for his campaign rally. “It’s a fact that PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar was denied the use of Ahmadu Bello Stadium Kaduna for his campaign rally.