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Fear grips Kano as APC, NNPP plan street protests for Saturday

Fear grips Kano as APC, NNPP plan street protests for Saturday

There is palpable fear of unrest in Kano as two opposing political parties have slated Saturday for their mass protests for and against the Appeal Court judgement in the state governorship election petition.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) and the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) said they are coming out for street demonstration on same day.

Of course, the parties have earlier signed a peace accord with the state Police Command to ensure that peace and order are maintained before, during and after the judgement.

It would appear that the parties honoured the accord, as they all maintained high degrees of calmness after the Appeal Court judgement which was delivered on Friday.

But nerves were stretched to the breaking point on Tuesday when the Certified True Copy (CTC) of the judgement became public, and seeming contradictions were observed in them. (Read about the CTC controversy here)

The NNPP raised an alarm over suspicious foul play which they claimed may have caused the swapping of the original judgement with another one. A spontaneous riot broke out on Wednesday in Kano which the Police quickly quenched.

But addressing newsmen on Thursday at the APC national secretariat in Abuja, the Director-General of the Gawuna/Garo Campaign Organisation, Rabiu Suleiman Bichi, their party would staging a mass rally on the same day that the NNPP would be staging its mass protest in Kano.

Bichi said the information available to them showed that NNPP have fixed a mass protest for Saturday after meeting with their leader, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.

“We have it from reliable sources that they are planning a mass protest on Saturday. It is on this note that we call on the Kano State police command and other security agencies to be alive to their responsibilities and take appreciative measures to avoid loss of life and property”, he said.

He added that APC would also hold a mass rally same day in Kano, in support of the party’s candidate, insisting that it was their democratic right.

Noone in NNPP has come out to corroborate the insinuation that the party was planning to stage a rally on Saturday, and the Police have not issued any statement on the matter as of the time this story was published.



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Faruk Khalil
Faruk Khalilhttps://nigeriansketch.com/
Khalil Faruk (Deputy Editor-in-Chief), has a Bachelors and Master's degree in Political Science and has worked as a reporter, features editor and Deputy Editor-in-Chief respectively in a leading Nigerian daily. He has undergone trainings in journalism, photo journalism and online journalism within and outside Nigeria.

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