From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi
There was a mild drama at the flagging-off of the Bauchi State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial electioneering campaign when youths pelted the crowd with stones, including the main pavilion where the State Governor, Isa Yuguda was seated, at a Mini-Stadium in Darazo, headquarters of Darazo local government area of the state.
It all started shortly after some decampees from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the PDP spoke through their leader, Nasiru Darazo, telling the crowd that the APC in Bauchi State was divided into 3 different factions following misunderstandings among members arising from the party’s primary elections.
Nasiru, while formally announcing their decamping to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said that the APC in the state has, since the party’s gubernatorial primaries been divided, blaming the leadership for not addressing the issues bordering on party internal squabbles in the state.
According to him, the widening internal rift within the ranks and files of the APC in the state is a blessing in disguise for the PDP as it will give the party upper-hand to sweep votes during the forthcoming general elections.
No sooner had the commotion settled down, people including some top hierarchy of the PDP began moving out from the mini-stadium, leaving the venue virtually empty by the end of the event.
Investigations by our reporter revealed that the irate youths did not take kindly to the statements credited to Nasiru Darazo, a strong supporter of the APC before his sudden cross-carpeting to the PDP, informing the reason why the youths pelted the crowd attending the function, including Governor Yuguda.