Eight supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State were feared dead, following the outbreak of violent clash with supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna.
Supporters of PDP had been alleged to be defacing posters of the presidential candidate of APC, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari and that of its governorship candidate, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai.
It was gathered that while some supporters of APC accused the other party of the vandalism, it was hell let loose, as supporters of PDP allegedly swooped on their APC counterparts, with eight said to have feared dead.
In a statement made available to the Nigerian Tribune and signed by the spokesperson of el-Rufai campaign organisation, Samuel Aruwan, in Kaduna, the APC confirmed the death of eight of their members, with many others said to have sustained injuries.
The statement said the party suspended its campaign tour of Zone 2, which is Kaduna Central, because of the incident.
But, in a swift reaction, Governor Yero said it was APC supporters who attacked his campaign team at Bakin Ruwa area of Igabi Local Government Area.
A statement by the media aide of the governor, Mallam Ahmed Maiyaki, alleged that the thugs were hired by the opposition party to attack the governor’s convoy with the sole aim of throwing the state into confusion.
“It is unfortunate that the same APC that is chanting change has resorted to violence and threats,” the statement declared.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Zubairu Abubakar, said the police were on top of the situation.