14 February 2013

Nigeria: Council Poll - Gurdi Monarch Calls for Regulation of Campaigns

The village head of Gurdi in the Abaji Area Council, Mallam Khaladu Gimba, has called for regulation of political campaigns in order to guarantee adequate security before, during and after the forthcoming council polls.

The monarch also appealed to the relevant authorities, especially the security agents to provide adequate security for the people at various rural communities.

A statement by Umar Salihu Kombo, Press Secretary to the Abaji Council chairman, said the monarch made the appeal on Saturday, while responding to alleged attack on some members of the community by some supporters of a political party, who visited the community recently for a campaign but were shunned by the villagers.

The statement quoted the monarch as saying that the community is behind the present administration in the council.

"I was shocked by the way and manner my people were attacked by some people suspected to be supporters of one of the political parties in the area. They destroyed some of our valuables in the name of campaign," the monarch was quoted in the statement.

According to the statement, the councillor representing Gurdi ward, Tanko Alfa (PDP), who is one of the victims of the attack, said some supporters of a political party molested the locals because they refused to support them.

The statement also quoted the councillor as saying that the matter has been reported to the Divisional Police Officer at Abaji police Division.

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