The Peoples Democratic Party has asked security agencies to arrest the Gombe State campaign coordinator of the All Progressives Congress, Jamilu Gwamna, for allegedly issuing death threats to voters in Bolari West.
Gwamna was alleged to have threatened parents in the area with “losing their children” should they allow their youths to vote for PDP.
The PUNCH reports that no fewer than 200 residents have so far endorsed a letter addressed to the Independent National Electoral Commission, the Nigerian Police Force, the Department of State Services and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps to arrest the politician.
Addressing journalists at the Muhammad Jubrin Barde campaign office, the spokesman, Gombe State PDP campaign management council, Ayuba Aluke, said the comment could jeopardise the existing peace in the state.
According to him, people who are not APC members could be killed for not sharing the same political views as Gwamna.
He said, “In Bolari West, where one Alhaji Jamilu Ishaku Gwamna, went in a purported campaign where he made inciting comments. The comments are threatening the life and security of the people of Bolari West. He openly threatened that anybody who comes out on election day to vote for any other person except his principal, party the APC, ‘his mother should be ready to give birth to another child’.
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“We are bringing up this issue to the notice of security agencies in the state; the police, the Department of State Services, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Independent National Electoral Commission to checkmate and take appropriate action about this. Taking action will ensure sanity in the state. To PDP supporters, don’t be afraid of coming out so that we can vote out this government that has held us backwards.”
Aluke disclosed that the PDP governorship candidate, Barde, has digitised politics, stressing that instead of the usual violence that politics in the state was characterised with, his principal would pursue legal means towards protecting Bolari West voters and the entire state.
“It has been dismantled and disbanded by the Governor (the PDP candidate) and has not given it relevance in his activities. During the campaigns when we visited 114 wards, nobody was hurt, nobody was threatened, we conducted our entire processes peacefully,” he added.
Meanwhile, the spokesman of the council also condemned the dismantling of checkpoints within the state describing it as a ploy for the security to grant Gombe State governor’s alleged thugs unhindered access.
“By that directive, the good people of Gombe State can clearly see that it is merely a ploy to clear the way and grant free movement for the Governor’s political thugs – “OPERATION ACI KO TA BARE!”, to intimidate voters and unleash terror and violence before, during and after the elections without security intervention or resistance.
“This way, they can freely go to any polling unit during the election to rig, disrupt and scuttle the governorship election and undermine the will of the electorate which does not favour his failing re-election bid,” Aluke added.
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