The Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.), has demanded an unreserved apology from the Presidency, Senate President, David Mark and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for accusing him of masterminding attacks on President Goodluck Jonathan in Katsina and Bauchi during his campaign tour of the states.
Buhari’s demand for apology stemmed from the disclosure by Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State that those who attacked President Jonathan’s convoy in his State were actually PDP members.
The Presidency and the national leadership of PDP had alleged that Buhari and his party, the APC, mobilized their supporters to pelt stones on President Jonathan’s campaign train when it visited Katsina and Bauchi States. They accused the presidential candidate of masterminding the attacks in spite of the peace pact he signed on peaceful conduct before, during and after the elections.
But Governor Yuguda, who is serving on the platform of the PDP, in an interview with the BBC Hausa Service yesterday, said the incident was pre-arranged by Abuja politicians from the State to tarnish his reputation before President Jonathan.
His statement when translated into the English language reads, “I am sure and let the world know that the people who did this thing were PDP members and those politicians in Abuja were the ones behind it; they were not APC members.”
Consequent upon the revelation, Buhari, in a statement issued by the Director, Media and Publicity of his campaign organization, Malam Garba Shehu, said the admission by Yuguda that the incident was engineered by PDP members had absolved the presidential candidate and the APC of any blames.
According to the statement: “It has always been said that the incidents that have manifested themselves in the electioneering process were act of the PDP on PDP violence, arising from their mismanaged primaries. Governor Yuguda’s admission is a confirmation of the position of our party and our candidate that they have no hand whatsoever in these dastardly attacks.
“Now that Yuguda has admitted that these attacks were hatched and executed by fellow PDP members, we demand an immediate retraction and apology from the Senate President David Mark; the Political Adviser to the President, Professor Alkali; the PDP leadership and their presidential campaign council, who have unjustly made our party and its presidential candidate their whipping boys over this unfortunate incident. We commend Isa Yuguda’s candour expressed through this open admission,” the statement added. [myad]