Nigeria: Confusion As Irate Youths Attack Jonathan's Campaign Train In Bauchi


SAN FRANCISCO, January 22, (THEWILL) – For the second time in less than a week, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Team has been attacked again.

The attack on President Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Train in Bauchi Thursday came just two days after a similar incident happened in Katsina during a presidential campaign of the ruling PDP.

During the Bauchi attack allegedly carried out by supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, soldiers and anti-riot policemen had a hectic time controlling the hundreds of irate youths believed to be Buhari's die-hards who pelted stones and pure water sachets at President Jonathan's motorcade as the convoy heading to the Emir's palace in the town drove past the Nasarawa area.

Chanting “sai Buhari” as they waved their brooms, which are the symbols of APC, some of the youths were heard calling President Jonathan “arna,” (in Hausa meaning an unbeliever).

The president was in the convoy with Vice President Namadi Sambo, the National Chairman of the PDP, Dr. Ahmadu Adamu Mu'azu, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory(FCT), Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State, ministers and other top chieftains of the party while the ugly incident lasted .

In another development along Ran road, some irate youths also chanting “Sai Buhari” also caused a stir as business owners in the area scampered for safety.

The youths also caused confusion at the venue of the rally as they turned the colourful ceremony at the Ibrahim Babangida's Square upside down as they pelted the already-seated dignitaries with stones and other dangerous objects, destroying some of the canopies erected and plastic chairs already arranged for the occasion.

Nigeria's presidential election slated for February 14, 2015, is expected to be a very tight contest between President Jonathan, a Christian from the south and Buhari, a Muslim from the north.