The All Progressives Congress in Kaduna State has debunked claim that its governorship candidate, Uba Sani, masterminded attack on a rally for the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in the state.
There was pandemonium on Monday when hoodlums invaded the Peoples Democratic Party presidential campaign mega rally in Kaduna and launched an attack on the crowd.
The hoodlums came into the Ranchers Bees Stadium venue with sticks and machetes and started attacking the crowd, leaving many injured.
The thugs invaded the venue three times before they were finally repelled by security operatives and members of the opposition party.
But the APC in Kaduna kicked against claims by Timi Frank that Senator Uba Sani, the APC governorship candidate, had masterminded the attack.
A statement by state’s Publicity Secretary of the APC, Alhaji Salisu Wusono, in Kaduna on Tuesday, noted that Timi Frank, a former Deputy Publicity Secretary of the party (APC) “is perfect for the hatchet job of running his mouth, going by his antecedent, on a matter that he is ill-informed about.”
The APC’s scribe described Frank as a professional hireling on a new assignment to complement his income as the so-called Ambassador of United Liberation Movement for West Papua to East Africa and the Middle East.
“Indeed, the Peoples Democratic Party has elected spokesmen at state and national levels, including those at the Presidential Campaign Council, as well as the battery of media aides that its presidential candidate parades.
“However, given the reputational damage that it may cause them, apart from possible litigation, the party chose an unsavoury character to carry its dubious message, which is laden with injurious falsehoods.
“In a statement that was widely published, Timi Frank claimed that Distinguished Senator Uba Sani and the Kaduna State Gubernatorial candidate of the APC, sent thugs to disrupt PDP’s presidential rally, without an iota of proof. Significantly, Timi Frank was mis-briefed by his paymasters,” he said.
Wusono explained that the Ranchers Bees Township Stadium venue of the rally was half empty last Monday to the utter embarrassment of PDP chieftains, in a state that has a former Vice President, an ex-governor and a two-term senator, including former National Chairman of the party.
On the same day, he said, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the APC presidential candidate, was in Kaduna to interact with Northern Leaders at Arewa House.
“All roads led to Arewa House as APC supporters, PDP die-hards and non-partisan citizens of Kaduna State trooped to hear Tinubu’s plans for the North when he becomes President of Nigeria by the grace of God and the people’s votes.
“Consequently, the PDP presidential rally was reduced to a Town Hall meeting and to cover this embarrassment, the party alleged that thugs attacked their members at Ranchers Bees stadium,” he said.
“However, in a bid to set the records straight and clear his name, and APC’s integrity, Timi Frank will hear from our lawyers in due course, if he does not retract that libellous statement and offer an unreserved apology to our Gubernatorial candidate and our party,” Wusono declared.