- A rally organised by the All Progressive Congress, in Jigawa state thas been disrupted by political thugs
- The rally was aimed at declaring support for the second term bid of President Muhammadu Buhari and that of the state governor, Abubakar Badaru
- Those present at the event included thev former deputy governor in the state, Ahmed Mohammed, a party chieftain, Isa Gerawa and two federal lawmakers
Ahead of 2019, a rally organised by the All Progressive Congress (APC), Jigawa North-west senatorial district, to declare support for the second term bid of President Muhammadu Buhari and that of the state governor, Abubakar Badaru, has been disrupted by political thugs, Premium Times reports.
Unlike the president, the Jigawa state governor is yet to declare if he will seek reelection.
NAIJ.com gathered that the rally which took place at Gumel township stadium on Sunday, April 22, was marred by chaos that left the state party chairman, Ado Kiri, unable to address the crowd.
The thugs chanted derogatory songs, mainly targeted at Senator Abdullahi Gumel, representing Jigawa North-west, whom they prevented from getting on the podium to speak.
Dignitaries at the event included former deputy governor in the state, Ahmed Mohammed, Sankara and a party chieftain, Isa Gerawa..
Gumel was earlier ‘sneaked’ into the gathering by former senator, Danladi Sankara, for fear of possible attack from the thugs. The political thugs are believed to be supporters of persons who wish to take Gumel’s seat in 2019.
The rally which was billed to host all federal and state lawmakers had only two federal lawmakers in attendance. Badaru, was also absent.
If the governor finally decides to declares, he is expected to face stiff opposition not only from within his party, APC, but the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Adamu FagenGawo, representing Garki/Bubura federal constituency, while addressing the gathering said his constituency has officially endorsed President Buhari and Governor Badaru for second terms.
Most dignitaries who were at the event sneaked out, out of fear the event could turn violent. However, no violence was eventually recorded.
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NAIJ.com previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari announced that he would seek reelection in the 2019 presidential election.
The development was made public by the president's personal assistant on new media, Bashir Ahmed. Ahmad took to his Twitter handle, @BashirAhmaad, to announce the development on Monday, April 9.
His announcement has been trailed with various reactions. While some have declared their support for the president, others are of the opinion that he has not performed well enought o deserve a second term.
Should President Buhari seek reelection in 2019? (Nigerian Street Interview) on NAIJ.com TV.