Suspected thugs attack NNPP vehicles in Kano
Thugs attacked supporters of the New Nigeria Peoples Party in Kano State on their way to the party's final presidential rally ahead of Saturday's presidential and National Assembly elections.
According to reports, at least ten vehicles were damaged and several others were burned in the incident, which occurred along the Naibawa-Zaria Road.
When the incident occurred, NNPP supporters were on their way to Kwanar Dangora, located on the outskirts of the city, to meet the party's presidential candidate, Rabiu Kwankwaso, who was on his way to Kano for the grand finale of his presidential campaign rally.
Meanwhile, the Kano State Police Command has ordered the immediate suspension of the NNPP, All Progressives Congress, and Peoples Democratic Party presidential campaign grand finale in the state.
The ruling party and two major opposition parties had mobilized members and loyalists to rally support for their presidential and national assembly candidates, who were all scheduled to hold events in the city on Thursday (today).
Concerned about the escalating political rivalry between the APC and the two major opposition parties, the police authority summoned the leaders of the three political parties to an emergency meeting Wednesday evening, where they were warned of potential security threats and unintended consequences of the multiple rallies.
"You recall that (three) political parties via APC, NNPP, and PDP informed the command of their rallies scheduled for Thursday, February 23, 2023, within Kano metropolis," the police said in a letter.
"In light of the state's and the country's precarious security situation, the commissioner of Police summoned representatives from the three political parties to an emergency meeting to find a solution to the impasse."
The statement, signed by Deputy Commissioner of Police Mu'azu Mohammed, continued, "The Commissioner of Police passionately appealed to the representatives' consciousness that this is not in their best interests given the state's fragile security."
"As a result, it is recommended that all political parties postpone the planned presidential/national assembly rallies until after the February 25 elections," DCP Muhammed said.
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