- Supporters of Atiku Abubakar and Rabiu Kwankwaso allegedly clashed over 2019 presidency
- Some of the thugs were allegedly brought in from neighbouring Bauchi state
- Atiku has denied that his supporters were engaged in violence
People suspected to be loyal to former vice president, Atiku Abubakar have allegedly clashed with supporters of former Kano governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso over 2019 presidency.
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Premium Times reports that the clash happened on Wednesday, May 3 in Jada which is the birthplace of the former vice president.
It was reported that Atiku and Adamawa State governor, Mohammed Jibrilla, had visited the town on Wednesday ahead of the turbaning of the newly-appointed traditional ruler of the town on Thursday.
Youths loyal to the duo allegedly attacked supporters of Kwankwaso who were wearing red cap in his support.
The thugs attacked members of the Kwankwasiyya Movement who were in support of Kwankwaso and his alleged bid to run for 2019 election.
Atiku is also reported to be plotting how to run for the 2019 election.
Bamanga Mohammed who is a resident said: “As I am talking to you at least 10 of our youth are in the hospital because of the serious nature of the wounds inflicted on them.”
“Sadly, the whole scenario played out before the eyes of policemen who took no action.”
The thugs were allegedly brought in from neighbouring Bauchi state to attack Kwankwaso supporters.
“We are saddened that someone who claimed to be from this town will import thugs from another state to launch attack on his own people for expressing their political choice.”
Yusif Yahaya who is also a resident claimed that trouble started when the youths accused Atiku of influencing the selection of the new emir.
The youths said they wanted the emir’s late son, Chubado, to succeed him but his younger brother, Ardo, who is Atiku’s friend, was able to get the seat.
“Since then, the youth and indeed many people here moved their loyalty to Kwankwaso and they set up the Kwankwasiyya movement with strong membership in Jada and Ganye.”
“Kwankwasiyya members mobilised themselves and called on all their people to wear white clothes and red cap.
“When Atiku’s convoy arrived town, his thugs saw one man by the road side wearing red cap and they descended on him beating him mercilessly. As we speak, he is still in the Hospital battling for life.”
Ibrahim Jereng who also resides in the town said the youths beat anyone wearing red cap and also went to shops selling them.
“They even went to the shop were the red caps are produced and seriously beat the people in the area with all sorts of dangerous weapons. They completely destroyed the shop.”
However, , Paul Ibe who is the spokesperson of Atiku denied that his supporters were involved in any violence.
He said: “Were they wearing a T shirt bearing Atiku’s name. Was there anything on them showing them to be Atiku supporters?
“The security details attached to his excellency got wind of the plans by some people to cause trouble and relevant agencies were alerted.
“I am aware that the security agencies advised them to stay away and they stayed away.
“This is not the kind of politics that Atiku engage in. He can never allow violence around him.”