by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Journalists on Monday were ordered out of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Hall by one of the presidential aspirants (after waiting for almost 3 hours for the aspirant) shortly after his arrival to Plateau State to address Plateau delegates on the forthcoming PDP Primaries.
The presidential aspirant, who is former Vice President, who arrived at the State PDP Secretariat at about 2:19pm, was visibly distraught seeing a cream of print and broadcast journalists as he repeatedly ordered them out, saying, “I have nothing to do with journalists. I’m here to see delegates.”
The order by the PDP presidential aspirant was a motivation for the gun-wielding and overzealous security details, which then attacked reporters, causing a stampede, and damaging the tripod and camera of the Channels Television crew.
This was the first time a presidential aspirant visiting the PDP state secretariat in the state in the past three weeks will take a definite stance on journalists not to provide coverage for such kind of visits.
With a total of 85 national delegates from the state, Atiku is in a desperate move to sway delegates to cast their ballots for him during the presidential primaries of the leading opposition party.
It could be recall that, Alh. Atiku’s burden of trust, depleted public perception, and unfavorable national mood were worsened recently after Muslim students of the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, murdered one Deborah Joshua in an extra judicial context after charging her spuriously of blasphemy.
After claiming to have condemned the savage murder of Deborah Joshua, Atiku Abubakar quickly deleted his Twitter and Facebook statement so as to pitch tent with his voters in the north, who threatened him of the possibility of loosing millions of votes as a result of the tweet.