Eight supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State were feared dead, after violence broke out between them and the supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna.
Supporters of the PDP had been allegedly tearing off posters of the presidential candidate of the APC, Muhammadu Buhari and that of its governorship candidate, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai.
The Nigerian Tribune reports that, while some supporters of the APC accused the other party of the vandalism, the PDP supporters replied violently, with eight said to have feared dead.
In a statement made available to the Ibadan-based media outfit, and signed by the spokesperson of el-Rufai campaign organisation, Samuel Aruwan, in Kaduna, the APC confirmed the death of eight of their members, with many others said to have sustained injuries.
According to the statement, the party suspended its campaign tour of Zone 2, which is Kaduna Central, because of the incident.
In a swift reaction, Governor of Kaduna State Ralman Yero said it was the APC supporters who attacked his campaign team at Bakin Ruwa area of Igabi Local Government Area.
A statement by the governor’s media aide, Mallam Ahmed Maiyaki, alleged that the thugs were hired by the opposition party to attack the governor’s convoy with the sole aim of throwing the state into confusion.
The statement described as unfortunate, the fact that the same APC that is chanting change has resorted to violence and threats.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Zubairu Abubakar, said the police were on top of the situation.