- Alhaji Dahiru Yabo, an APC chieftain in Sokoto has been allegedly attacked by thugs
- The attack was reportedly carried out near the residence of the governor of the state, Aminu Tambuwal
- So far, the governor and officials of the party in the state have remained silent concerning the development
Youths suspected to be political thugs on Saturday attacked Alhaji Dahiru Yabo, a critic of the governor of Sokoto, Aminu Tambuwal. Yabo is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
The attack, according to eyewitnesses, took place in front of Tambuwal’s private residence shortly after the wedding of the governor’s cousin’s daughter.
Yabo, one of the dignitaries that attended the event, was reportedly ambushed by the hoodlums, who attacked the vehicle conveying him out of the venue, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
An eyewitness told newsmen that it took the intervention of the security men at the governor’s residence to stop the attackers.
In a statement made available to journalists in Sokoto, Yabo, a former commissioner and a supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari, described the attack as an attempt to assassinate him because of his political views in recent times.
He stated: “The political assassination attempt on me at the governor’s residence yesterday left no one in doubt to their low level of sensible and rational judgment.
“The acts clearly indicated their intention to lynch me and possibly send me to an early grave as instructed by their political godfather, and sponsors.
“It is therefore apparent on every responsible members of the Sokoto state family to come on board in this noble cause aimed at dislodging this crop of leadership that is very insensitive to the plight of its citizenry.”
When contacted, the police public relations officer in the state, DSP Cordelia Nwawe, could not confirm the incident as calls and messages sent to her mobile phone were unanswered.
Dahiru challenged the emergence of Tambuwal and twice lost at the trial and appellate courts. He was however prevailed upon not to drag the matter to the Supreme Court.
A source in Sokoto attributed the resolution of the feud to the intervention of community elders and religious leaders.
The source said: “It is true they have reconciled. That was why the former senator visited the governor in Sokoto on Saturday to attend a wedding. In the past, he had avoided such gatherings; but this time, to prove that all past differences had been settled, he came to the venue and went straight to greet the governor.
"He was also offered a seat in the front row and took part in all the activities as a respected family member.
“Since the reconciliation, he (the senator) has privately expressed his joy at how the APC has been steering the ship of state.
"He has commended Governor Tambuwal on his stewardship and has given commitment to give his support to the success of the administration.”
It was gathered that the senator’s allies and immediate family members had been co-opted into the running of the government as a sign of goodwill.
Following the development, some APC chiefs in the state on Sunday, April 8, commended the moves to reconcile party members.
A source confirmed to NAN on condition of anonymity the same day that the duo had been at loggerheads for a long period of time.
Efforts to get the reactions of the governor, the senator and the APC officials failed, but a party leader promised to address newsmen on the development at an appropriate time.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that Tambuwal was ferried along with his delegation and his cars across the River Benue as he led some officials to Ibi local government area of Taraba on Wednesday, December 27.
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