The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of assembling and mobilizing thugs who caused chaos at the PDP secretariat on Thursday.
There was a clash at the entrance of the PDP national secretariat in Abuja between alleged supporters of PDP and supporters of APC. The situation was quickly prevented from escalating as police officers arrived at the scene and dispersed the crowd with tear gas.
A witness told reporters that the fight started when the PDP supporters spotted someone among them displaying a flag of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In a statement by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party told the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, “to rein in his party thugs, who the APC detailed to disrupt activities at the PDP National Secretariat.”
The opposition party charged security agencies, who also witnessed this attack, to immediately investigate this development, arrest and prosecute all individuals and officials connected with the attack.
A PDP presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar, has however condemned the attack describing it as uncalled for and undemocratic.
He called on supporters of all political parties to show maturity and allow the democratic process to proceed unhindered in the interest of the parties and aspirants as well as the nation. He also urged his supporters to show restraint even in the face of provocation.