The PDP Secretariat has been set ablaze..
- We have nothing to do with the fire – APC
The state secretariat of the People’s Democratic Party in Gombe has been set on fire by some suspected political thugs on Tuesday.
Both the PDP office and Atiku House, which are located along the Gombe/Bauchi expressway, were set on fire, destroying documents, chairs, and other valuables.
Muntari Kulsi, a party supporter, stated that the office was set on fire around 1:30 a.m.
He revealed that the alleged hoodlums are members of the All Progressives Congress, noting that it would be inexplicable for both offices to be affected at the same time given their distance.
“The source is the All Progressives Congress and its people,” Kulsi said. Both offices, which are about four kilometers apart, cannot naturally catch fire at the same time.”
“Our guys here saw the thugs, they came in three cars with several weapons, the security guard stationed at the office was overpowered by the thugs, and they had to flee for their lives,” says the source.
While men from the fire department stationed near the office attempted to put out the fire, the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the Pantami division, according to him, played an important role.
“We’re just waiting for our leaders to decide what to do,” he explained, “but we all knew people who did this, and we’re going after them.”
Attempts to contact Muritala Usman, the party’s Publicity Secretary, at the time of filing this report were unsuccessful.
According to our sources, the PDP plans to stage a protest to demand justice, while the Atiku Campaign Organization plans to address the public about its intentions.
In response to the allegations, All Progressives Congress Publicity Secretary Moses Kyari said the party had no involvement in the destruction of the PDP secretariat and campaign office in the state, adding that their office was also affected.
He revealed that their office had been attacked previously by assailants who had been identified by the Closed-Circuit Camera.
“There is a tiny line with what happened,” Kyari said. Our own office was also set on fire around 12 a.m., and we have footage of who was responsible for the attack.
“They claim that their own office was set on fire around 2 a.m. by unknown people, possibly PDP members.” We, on the other hand, have video footage of who set fire to our office and have shown it to the police. The APC had nothing to do with the fire that destroyed their state secretariat.”