…Calls For Prosecution Olisah Metuh, Others
By Olusegun Emmanuel, Abuja.
The All Progress Congress(APC) has fingered officials of People Democratic Party in Kano state in the violence protest that followed the emergency of former Central Bank Governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido as new Emir of Kano, accusing them of inciting the protest.
APC urged the Kano state Attorney General to prosecute all PDP officials allegedly involved in what it called “this act of destabilization.”
In a statement issued in Lagos on Monday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Lai Mohammed, the party said the statement issued by PDP’s publicity secretary Olisah Metuh, congratulating one of the contenders long before the Kano state government announced the new emir was premeditated and calibrated to incite violence.
It wondered why a ruling party, which has access to Kano or any state government, would rush to the media to congratulate a contender who had not been selected, without even contacting the selecting authority to ensure the veracity of whatever news it may have heard.
”What is so urgent about congratulating the new Emir that could not have waited for a few hours for the appropriate authority to make an official announcement?” APC queried.
The party said when the announcement was eventually made and the contender who had already been congratulated lost out, it is only natural that his supporters would feel shortchanged.
”It is therefore obvious that the PDP, through its National Publicity Secretary went out of their way to stoke the fire of violence in Kano.
”Since we live in a country which is being governed by the rule of law, the best option open to the Kano state government is for the State Attorney-General to immediately initiate criminal proceedings against PDP and its officials for incitement. Whatever explanations they have for their irresponsible and premeditated actions they should reserve for their defence in court,” APC said.