Shootings as thugs attack Atiku’s convoy in Borno

The convoy of the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, was attacked in Maiduguri, Borno State, on Wednesday.

In a video seen on social media, a group of people were seen running in different directions as gunshots rend the air.

Several vehicles in the convoy of Atiku were reportedly vandalised at Ramat Square in Maiduguri, the state capital.

Spokesman of the Atiku Campaign, Dino Malaye, blamed the attack on the ruling party in Borno State.

Melaye lamented that more than 70 people were hospitalized.

“They wanted to prevent us from holding the campaign, as we speak, 74 people were injured and hospitalized.

“Several vehicles were vandalised by APC thugs,” Melaye claimed.

Meanwhile, Atiku has vowed to end insecurity in the North East, revamp the Lake Chad Basin in Borno and reduce the exorbitant taxation policy in the state.

The former vice president said this when he addressed a massive crowd of PDP supporters at the Ramat Square in Maiduguri.

Atiku and his entourage had earlier visited the Shehu of Borno, Abubakar Ibn Umar Garba, who told him to focus on certain areas if elected president.

Addressing the crowd, Atiku said: ”Before I arrived here, I visited the Shehu of Borno and in his address, he requested us to attend to about four or five issues that are the problems in Borno.

”One of them is to restore peace and security in the state and I promise you that by the grace of God if PDP is elected, we shall restore peace and order in Borno state.

”Secondly, he requested us to make sure that we reactivate the Chad Basin development so that our farmers can go back to the farm so that we can produce food and reduce unemployment.

”He requested that we make sure the local governments are supplied with electricity, which we promised we would do.

”Again, he requested that we should reactivate the exploration of oil in the Chad Basin which we promise to do by the grace of God.”

Atiku thanked the people of Borno for the massive reception accorded him in the state, and urged them to vote for PDP at all levels during the 2023 polls.

He said: “People of Borno, we thank you very much for this reception and support. We look forward to the day you will vote for PDP.

”Enough of hunger, enough of insecurity, enough of unemployment, enough of suffering and enough of too much taxation. We will make sure that you are exempted from exorbitant taxation.”