Youths of the All Progressives Congress (APC) under the aegis of Progressive League of Youth Voters (PLYV) have raised the alarm over alleged plans to mobilise protesters to cause unrest in Kano State metropolis on Wednesday against the Court of Appeal judgement that removed Abba Yusuf as governor.
In a statement issued yesterday in Abuja by national coordinator of the group, Ambassador Audu Usman Shuaibu, the youth group called on security agencies to come to the aid of Kano residents and protect people of the state from the rioters.
According to Shuaibu, the aim is to blackmail and frighten the Supreme Court justices that will be sitting on the Kano State governorship appeal and force them to reverse the appellate court decision in their favour.
The statement reads, “We wish to alert the general public and call on the attention of the Inspector General of Police, Director General, Department of State Services and other security agencies towards the inhuman activities of the Governor of Kano State Abba Kabir Yusuf over his electoral loss at the Appeal Court.
“Our team in Kano State has informed us that the NNPP led Kano State Government has concluded plans to convey thousands of rioters in the guise of its supporters from the 44 local government areas of the State into Kano Metropolis to protest against the NNPP loss at the Appeal Court.
“The state government is using the over one hundred (100) luxurious buses purchased by the immediate past Governor of Kano State and the National Chairman of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje to ease transportation of Kano residents while he was the Governor.”
The youth group alleged that the state government was planning to convey these rioters as passengers to enable them bypass security agencies and cause mayhem in the state capital.
It stated: “The rioters have been mobilised and instructed to cause maximum mayhem in the city immediately upon arrival. We condemn and consider this a shear blackmail which must be resisted by the judiciary and all well-meaning Nigerians. It is disheartening to see a government saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and property plotting to kill and destroy property of citizens.
“It could be recalled that this same NNPP-led Kano State government started demolition of lawfully acquired property of citizens worth over N200 billion within six days of assumption of office. We call on all relevant security agencies to come to the aid of Kano residents and protect the good people of Kano State.”
Imploring elders and leaders of thought to call the NNPP leaders in Kano to order, the statement noted that “this act of do or die politics is dangerous to peaceful co-existence and must be checkmated immediately.”