The Governor of Kaduna state, Ramalan Yero, has
threatened to call out his supporters to inflict damage on
the opposition All Progressives Congress [APC] if his
team is ever attacked while campaigning.
Speaking in Hausa language to his supporters at the
opening of his campaign on
Monday, PremiumTimes reports that Mr. Yero vowed
swift “revenge” if ever attacked by any one “born of
“If you are born of a woman, please pelt us with stones,
when we go out for campaigns. We dare you to destroy or
burn our vehicles. Burn our House,” the governor said.
“I swear by Allah, anyone who does any of these things, we
The remarks came as an escalation of an already tense
electioneering ahead of February polls, seen in Kaduna
State as a contest mainly between the governor and a
former Minister, Nasir El Rufai, of the APC.
In the last two weeks, there have been incidents of
political violence in Rivers, Plateau and Gombe States,
where supporters of different political parties launched
gun attacks on opponents, bombed party offices and
torched campaign vehicles.
Mr. Yero spoke days after all presidential candidates for
the February elections committed to non-violence before,
during and after the polls. Addressing his supporters, a
furious Mr. Yero threatened to stop Mr. El-Rufai from
entering Kaduna State henceforth.
PREMIUM TIMES obtained an audio recording of the
governor apparently addressing his supporters and
threatening violence against Mr. El-Rufai. He said as
governor, he has the power to stop the former minister
from even leaving his house.
“If I say you should not come to Kaduna, I swear you
cannot come. If I say you should not leave your house, I
swear you cannot leave,” Mr. Yero said.
Despite being the home state of Vice President Namadi
Sambo, Kaduna, the former capital of the northern part
of Nigeria, also has a strong APC base, giving Mr. El
Rufai wide support too.
As Minister of the FCT, Mr. El-Rufai’s administration
demolished several homes and other structures the
government said were illegal or built in contravention of
Abuja’s master plan. In his address, Mr. Yero said he
also has the power to demolish the former Minister’s
house if he wishes to.
“If I say they should demolish your House, I swear by Allah,
they would demolish it immediately,” he said. “If you think
we cannot do it, try us and see, continue with what you are
doing, by God’s grace we will show you,” Mr. Yero said.
Mr. Yero also threatened to deal with APC supporters if
they dare attack the campaign trail of the PDP.
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