The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) have postponed their House of Assembly primaries scheduled for today across the nation, by one day as a mark of respect for those who were killed in Friday’s terrorist attack on a mosque in Kano city. In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by APC’s National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the House of Assembly primaries would now hold today, December 2nd. “All the dates for other primaries remain unchanged,” it said.
APC described the attack as a monumental national tragedy, saying the party could not be oblivious to the plight of the victims of the absolutely condemnable and totally incomprehensible attack on defenceless citizens in such a hallowed place as a mosque.
In an earlier statement, the party had condemned, in the strongest terms possible, the attack on the innocent worshippers and vowed that terrorism would never prevail no matter how long it takes.
It also urged all citizens to demonstrate the Nigerian spirit of compassion and strength of character by providing succour and support to one another.
In the same vein, the ruling PDP has also postponed its Kano State House of assembly primary election for a similar reason. Olisa Metuh, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, had said the party was grief-stricken when it received the news of the attack “especially considering that the victims were harmless Nigerians, who were at the mosque to offer prayers and express their allegiance and love for the Almighty God.
“Indeed, our hearts ache for our brothers and sisters, who were slaughtered in this horrible attack. We grieve for the bereaved, especially those who have been widowed and orphaned today. We share in their sorrows and pray that those behind this atrocious act must not escape justice,” it said. See more on Page 2