From Ahmad Mohammed, Bauchi
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Yakubu Ibrahim, who is also the Director General of Ali Pate Governorship Campaign Organization in Bauchi State, has filed a suit against the State Deputy Governor and state Chairman of the party for alleged assault and humiliation by supporters of the incumbent Governor, Mohammed Abubakar.
He claimed he was assaulted by the Governor’s and party loyalists in the state for opposing the motion for the endorsement of Abubakar as the sole candidate of the party in 2019.
Ibrahim made the allegations yesterday when he briefed reporters in Bauchi, where he explained that the party convened a stakeholders meeting on Thursday at the Government House, where supporters of the incumbent Governor made the endorsement.
The Director General said he raised his hand up severally to express the view of his principal that they were not in support of the endorsement, because they want the party to present flag bearer through direct primary election, but they were allegedly denied the right to do so by the state chairman of the party, Uba Ahmed Nana, who presided over the meeting.
He said after he was deprived of the freedom of expression, he stood up and talked, when he was signaled to do so by Nana, who presided over the meeting, but was confronted by some party stalwarts who strangled, beat him and pushed him out of the hall.
Ibrahim said he had instituted a suit in the Court to challenge his humiliation, with the party state chairman, Uba Ahmed Nana, and the Deputy Governor, Audu Sule Katagum, as defendants because he was assaulted in their presence.