Gunmen attack PDP governorship candidate’s wife in Zamfara 24 hours to elections

Armed men suspected to be thugs have allegedly attacked the wife of the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Zamfara State, Dauda Lawal Dare

The incident which reportedly took place in Gusau was said to have involved Dare’s wife, her aides, and other innocent passersby.

Dare who disclosed this to newsmen during a press briefing at his residence said the attack resulted in various degrees of injuries.

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He alleged that the attack was government-sponsored, claiming it was a result of the political popularity the PDPD has so far gained in the state.

“I have already reported the ugly development to the security agencies in the state, I am waiting for their response”, he said.

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The PDP governorship candidate claimed he was very sure that the arms and ammunition used in attacking his wife’s convoy were procured by the state government.

He urged his teeming supporters to remain calm and focus on the electoral processes, saying that the APC-led government has engaged in a do or die politics in the state.

He advised security agencies in the state to thoroughly investigate the matter and prosecute the perpetrators.

Reacting to the allegation, the Commandant of the State Anti Thuggery Agency, Mohammed Bello Bakyasuwa denied the report, saying that the claim was baseless.

Bakyasuwa at about 12:30am on Friday, a group of people including the wife of the PDP governorship candidate were caught with dangerous weapons and were arrested.

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He alleged that two AK47 rifles were recovered from the political thugs and that five of his operatives sustained various degrees of injuries in the operation.

“I did not see it as an attack. They attacked us first and in self-defence, we arrested some of the alleged criminals. The incident happened between the Tudunwada and Samaru areas of Gusau”

“We were not meant to arrest anybody but their noises, shouting that if not Dauda Dare, Zamfara State could not produce any governor that was what attracted our attention”

He assured the people of the state that the forthcoming general elections will be conducted peacefully without any rancour.

“This forthcoming general elections wouldn’t have been held if not that we match the political thugs’ action for action. So we are prepared to make this election very peaceful”

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