APC and PDP bicker in Sokoto over intimidation of traditional religious leaders

The ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Sokoto State and the All Progressives Congress (APC) are bickering over the alleged intimidation of traditional and religious leaders in the state.

APC yesterday alleged that the PDP was threatening and intimidating traditional and religious leaders into supporting and campaigning for it in the state.

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APC chairman in the state, Isa Sadiq Achida, further alleged in a statement that traditional title holders and high-ranking businessmen were also threatened with dethronement and losing their business premises in unless they declare their support for the PDP.

The APC also accused the ruling party of withholding salaries from junior staff of local government councils for no reason other than their political beliefs.

However, the party remained silent on the identity of traditional, religious and businessmen under threat.

“We view this as an attempt to use false propaganda to tarnish the good image of our traditional institution and, at the same time, cripple democracy in Sokoto State.

“The question that demands an answer is: when did expressing one’s political preference become a punishable offence? asked APC.

In its reaction, the ruling PDP noted that the PDP administration of Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has always respected the traditional institution of the state.

“Tambuwal administration has never threatened any traditional leader, from hamlet, ward and village chiefs to district chiefs, let alone sacked any.

“This contrasts with the administration of Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko which, in defiance of the institution and to force them to be partisan, sacked some district chiefs. He installed his brother as head of Wamakko district,” according to the statement signed by PDP Publicity Secretary Hassan Sahabi.

Regarding the alleged destruction of APC campaign billboards, PDP explained that it was the mandate of authorities such as the Sokoto Urban and Regional Planning Board (SURPB) to charge all candidates, regardless of their political party, for the placement of billboards in strategic places. locations in towns and villages.

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