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Kwara bans street campaigns after clash between PDP and APC supporters left many hospitalised
The Kwara State governor has on Tuesday banned street rallies and campaigns in the state after recent attacks that have left many hospitalised, and properties destroyed.
Abdul Fatah Ahmed, Governor of Kwara state in a broadcast on Channels TV said political rallies would only be allowed in designated places. The decision, Abulfata said, was necessary to curb clashes among different party members. He said that political rallies would only be allowed in designated places.
With the commencement of the campaigns for the general election, it is only unfortunate that the campaigns had turned violent, he said.
The governor charged security operatives especially the police with the duty to ensure absolute compliance to the law on the part of each political parties and their members during campaigns, adding that anyone instigating or perpetrating violence would be punished.
“As you are aware, political campaigns have commenced ahead of the general elections in keeping with the tradition in our state, these campaigns were expected to be robust but peaceful. Unfortunately, what we have witnessed is an increasing resort to criminality as a result of heightened political activities with a consequent threat to law and order. Let me make it clear, we will not let our state slide back to the dark era of fear and violence.
“No Individual, group or political party would be allowed to disrupt the harmony that defines us as a people. In this regard, let there be no doubt that the full weight of the law will be brought to bear on the perpetrators of violence.
“Anyone found to have either contributed to the recent violence or apprehended for involvement would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, no matter their status, background or political affiliations”.
The clash between PDP and APC in Agbaji, Ilorin, Kwara State last week have been termed a coordinated attack on the APC supporters by the Senate president, Bukola Saraki who hails from Agbaji town.
A little while ago, I was at Ilorin General Hospital to meet the victims of last Thursday’s coordinated attack on PDP supporters by APC Thugs in Agbaji, Ilorin, Kwara State and surrounding communities. pic.twitter.com/4SAWBaE2k6
— Abubakar Bukola Saraki (@bukolasaraki) January 13, 2019