Two Jigawa State senators reportedly escaped lynching at separate rallies of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, held at Biriniwa and Miga respectively yesterday as they were booed and embarrassed by members of their constituents.
Abdulaziz Usman Tarabu, representing North-East Senatorial zone got the worse treatment as he was pelted with sachets of ‘pure water’ and other items as he attempted to speak at the rally.
The Jigawa State chapter of PDP has been holding rallies in all the three Senatorial zones of the state ahead of the local government election slated for January 18, 2014.
At the rally, the youths who had gathered started spontaneous chants of “bamayi, bamayi” in Hausa which translates to “we are not in support of you” as the senator attempted to climb the podium to address party faithful.
The chants soon gave way to “bamaso-bamaso”, meaning “we don’t want you” as the senator continued ascent to the podium.
Not deterred by the senator’s bravado, the youths turned from mere chants to hauling of pure water sachets and other items, which forced the Senator to withdraw his address and return to his seat.
At the other PDP rally in Miga Local Government Area of Dutse Emirate Council, where seven candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were presented to the electorate by Governor Sule Lamido, another Senator, Abdulmumini Hassan Zareku, was also meted a similar treatment by irate youths, a situation which forced him not to address the gathering.
It was learnt that immediately the senator mounted the podium to address the crowd, the shouting started.
The youths chanted “bamaso, kasauka, bakayi, mana komeba”, meaning, “we don’t want you, come down from the podium, you have done nothing for us”.
Despite the courage by the senator to ignore the chants from the irate youths, he had to stop when the shouting became so intense, and was becoming an embarrassment to the personalities at the rally.
Reacting to the tensed situation, Gov. Lamido expressed disappointment, saying, the behaviour exhibited was contrary to that of Jigawa State citizens, who are known to be kind and accommodating.