By Suleiman Adamu, Sokoto
FOLLOWING Sunday evening attack on his motorcade , the PDP presidential campaign council Director General and Sokoto state governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has vehemently condemned the act and vowed to ensure perpetrators are brought to book to face prosecution.
Suspected thugs had stormed the governor’s convoy with hail of stones in the state capital, Sokoto while he was returning, with his entourage and party officials, from campaign tour of Silame and Wammako local government areas of the state.
With the Governor during assault were, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidates of Sokoto and Kebbi states: Mallam Saidu Umar (Mallam Ubandoman Sokoto) and Gen. Aminu Bande (rtd), the Deputy gubernatorial candidate of Sokoto state, Hon. Sagir Bafarawa and other dignitaries who all escaped unhurt.
Besides, two vehicles in the convoy were damaged by the attackers. who rained stones on them.
Tambuwal told journalists at the close of a stakeholders meeting with political appointees in the state that some of the attackers have been arrested and will soon be prosecuted.
“The matter is being investigated by the security agencies. Some arrests have been made. Rest assured that the law will take its course,” the Governor stated.
According to a release by the governor’s Special Adviser Media and Publicity , Muhammad Bello said the state Commissioner for Information, Hon. Akibu Dalhatu, in a separate press briefing, confirmed the arrest of the attackers gang leader, one Abu Mai Adda.
Hitherto, Akibu said Mai Adda who was among those apprehended, was on the watchlist of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in the last three month for allegedly attacking their personnel.
The Commissioner said Mai Adda also destroyed some vehicles in the governor’s convoy and stole five motorcycles after attacking PDP supporters at the campaign ground in Wamakko.
However, on his part, Tambuwa said: “It is unfortunate that yesterday on our way back from Wammako, at the Senatorial office of Aliyu Magatakarda Wammako, some hoodlums attacked my convoy on our way to the Government House.
“We cannot condone any culture of violence in Sokoto state,” the Governor said, while appealing for peace. We cannot afford to toy with the fragile peace in the state.
“I, therefore, urge all political leaders in Sokoto to eschew violence; and to advise all their followers and supporters, to go out and campaign peacefully; and look for votes, and not perpetrate violence.
“As you know, we believe in peace. We have been preaching peace and peaceful coexistence in Sokoto state, irrespective of political party differences, lineage or persuasions,” the release quoted the governor as saying.