The All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned the violence in Kaduna and Rivers that greeted its last Saturday’s state congresses to elect delegates for the planned national non-elective convention. The party, in a statement signed and issued on Friday by its National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, said it found the violence in the two States as “quite disturbing.”
Odigie-Oyegun particularly said that the party regretted the attacks in Kaduna during which two journalists sustained injuries. He said, “The party will investigate the reported cases and take necessary actions in line with the party’s constitution against whoever is found culpable.”
The party, however, stated that most of the state congresses were peaceful and conducted in compliance with guidelines and directives given to the appointed congress committees.
“The party congratulates and commends all the states whose exercise went peacefully. Where grievances have been reported, the party shall examine such cases and address them accordingly, ” the Chairman said.
Meanwhile, an Islamic body, the Fityanul Islam of Nigeria, Kaduna State Chapter, has sympathised with the Kaduna State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, as well as Senators Suleiman Othman Hunkuyi and Shehu Sani, including other top officials of the APC over on its members by some political thugs.
In a statement signed by its Public Relations Officer, Malam Muhammad Tukur Abdul Salam, the Association urges the Kaduna State Government and security agencies to thoroughly investigate the matter and bring the real culprits to book to serve as deterrent to others, while also commiserating with the National Caretaker Committee Chairman of Peoples’ Democratic Party, (PDP), Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi, on the recent road accident that involved him and others.