The Nigerian National Peoples Party, NNPP, has joined host of other groups and associations in condemning the attack on the convoy of the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji, Atiku Abubakar, in Maiduguri, Borno State Capital, on Thursday.
Moreso, NNPP, did not only condemn the attack but also called on the National Peace Committee, headed by former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, retd, to as a matter of urgency, intervene by convening an emergency meeting of leaders of political parties and their presidential candidates to review the peace accord because of violation that constituted a threat to the nation’s democracy.
IsL source gathered that in a statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary, Dr. Agbo Major, in Abuja yesterday, NNPP said that ahead of 2023 presidential and general elections, politicians should imbibe issue-based politics.
While commiserating with victims of the attack, the party urged all lovers of constitutional rule to condemn and resist what it described as the dastardly act by anti-democratic forces working hard to foist the rule of might and thuggery in place of the rule of law, tolerance and unity in diversity.
The statement read: “The New Nigeria People’s Party, NNPP, strongly condemns the attack on the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential campaign convoy in Maiduguri, Borno State on 9th November 2022, in which 70 persons were injured and several vehicles damaged.
”It is outrageous, barbaric and repulsive intended to undermine the nation’s emerging democracy ahead of the crucial 2023 general election that will redefine and redirect the destiny of the country.
“NNPP calls on all lovers of constitutional rule to condemn and resist this dastardly act by anti-democratic forces that want to foist the rule of might and thuggery in place of our cherished rule of law, tolerance and unity in diversity.
“This latest attack on the foundations of the nation’s frail democracy shows the level of desperation and intolerance of opposition political parties by the outgoing All Progressives Congress, APC, in Borno State.
”In August this year, our great party, the NNPP, was a victim of this political intolerance and executive recklessness in the state when Governor Babagana Zulum, jittery over the ever increasing popularity and acceptance of the party’s presidential candidate, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, invited the police to seal off NNPP’s two secretariats in Maiduguri, the state capital, ahead of his visit to commission the secretariats.
”The national outcry it generated forced the police to vacate the secretariats which paved way for the party’s presidential candidate to visit the state. During the same visit, our presidential candidate’s convoy was attacked at the Bulumkutu railway crossing at the suburbs of Maiduguri as he made his way to the airport to depart the state.
“NNPP demands a stop to this national embarrassment in what ought to be a showcase of democracy which election symbolizes.
“The attacks happened, despite the Peace Accord signed by presidential candidates and national chairmen of all the 18 registered political parties on September 28, 2022, in Abuja organized by the General Abdulsami Abubakar-led National Peace Committee in which political parties and their presidential candidates resolved to carry out civil, decent and issue-based campaigns as well as promote respect and tolerance of differences.
“NNPP urges the National Peace Committee to urgently intervene by convening an emergency meeting of the leaders of political parties and their presidential candidates to review the peace accord in view of this glaring violation that constitutes a threat to the nation’s democracy and chart the way forward to save our constitutional rule.
“President Muhammadu Buhari should also call his party governors to order so as not to truncate our hard earned democracy. The Inspector General of Police and Director General of State Security Services should ensure adequate security at political rallies to forestall any breach of the peace,” IsL source, SaharaReporters.