Senator Abu Ibrahim and Alhaji Amiru Tukur, the member representing Bakori/Danja Federal Constituency, narrowly escaped mob action at a political event organised by the Katsina State chapter of the All Progressives Congress on Saturday in Funtua.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that it took the combined efforts of security personnel to rescue notable politicians, including those in the entourage of the State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Masari.
Some vehicles in the entourage of Masari were smashed by irate youths while tear-gas was used to disperse the crowds by the security personnel.
NAN reports that the event was part of APC’s rally where the ruling party was accepting those decamping from the Peoples Democratic Party, All Progressives Grand Alliance and Peoples Democratic Movement among others, but it ended abruptly in Funtua.
NAN reports that the irate youths were chanting “Bamaso Abu Ibrahim” and throwing stones, dust, shoes at dignitaries and entertainers, including popular Hausa musician, Dauada-Rara-Kahua, who was not allowed to perform at the event.
Amiru Tukur was physically injured by mobs, while Abu Ibrahim along with some of his aides and supporters, who were trying to rescue the senator, were assaulted.
Speaking earlier at the event, Governor Masari urged all party members to promote the party manifesto.
The governor reiterated his administration’s commitment to give proactive leadership that would turn around things for better in the state.
He said the government would ensure increased investments on Education, Health, water supply, agriculture and other areas in the state.
In his remark, the the Katsina State Chairman of the APC, Alhaji Shitu Shitu, said thousands of people were trooping to the party based on its achievements, adding that similar rally was organised in Dutsi Local Government Area for Katsina North Senatorial District recently.
Shitu said present at the rally were people from Funtua, Malumfashi, Danja, Bakori, Faskari, Kafur, Sabuwa, Dandume, Matazu, Musawa and Kankara local government areas, and assured supporters of the party of transparent dealings with new and old members at all times.
Speaking on behalf of those who decamped, former Chairman of Malumfashi Local Government Area, Alhaji Mansur Banki, said he led more than 5,000 persons to join APC from PDP because of good programmes of President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Masari.
NAN reports that the event was attended by the Speaker of the Katsina State House of Assembly, Alhaji Yahaya Kusada; Senator Mustapha Bukar; the Secretary to the Katsina State Government, Alhaji Mustapha Inuwa, among others.