The Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), has tasked security agencies to call to order the All Progressive Congress (APC) chairman, Abdullahi Abbas and that of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Umar Haruna Doguwa.
A statement issued and signed by the We You Pro project manager, Isa Garba, while condemning statements made by the two political figures, said, in their totality, it is considered a threat to democracy, to peaceful coexistence as well as having all the potential to catalyse violence.
Chairman of the APC, Abdullahi Abbas, had during the flag-up of the party’s campaign in Gaya local government made a statement in Hausa that can literarily be translated as; “By hook and crook, by all means, and using what and whichever way we must win this election.”
And excited to counter reaction by his counterpart of the NNPP, Umar Haruna Dogowa, made a similar statement saying that “This is a challenge post to them and they have accepted it, therefore, “Man born of a free woman or a slave will challenge them and they will not take it,” further instructed that; if anybody ordered stoning us, his followers should pay back with same and that was their message and the position of everybody in NNPP.
“We, therefore, wish to draw the attention of the security agencies in the state to call these hate speakers to order and hold them responsible for whatever conflict their statements might cause.
“The political parties in the state also need to understand that democracy only exists in a peaceful environment where the electorates will cast their votes to willingly give their mandate to people of their choice and when this is not allowed, the legitimacy of the government and those elected in the government may be in question.
“We call all stakeholders in the state, including community elders, and religious and traditional leaders to openly condemn these utterances and call these politicians and their parties to order,” the statement said.
Political parties are preparing for campaigns to mobilize support towards the 2023 general elections, the political context in Kano is being challenged while in general, across the country, citizens, including politicians are doing everything possible to ensure a peaceful elections.
“In Kano, there is indication that politicians may work against the peaceful conduct of the elections through unguarded utterances that could trigger violent acts and conflict between the supports of different political parties,” the statement added.