By Abdulwaheed Olayinka Adubi, Kaduna
The national leadership of the Labour party (LP), has cried out over the spate of killings of its party’s supporters in Kaduna state, especially in its strongholds; Southern Kaduna.
While condemning the attacks during a press conference in Kaduna on Monday, the party accused the opposition parties in the state of being behind the attacks and killings of its members.
Addressing the press, the National Secretary of the party, Umar Farouk Ibrahim (Mai Rakumi), said that the intimidations of their members, especially in the constituency of the party’s gubernatorial candidate, Jonathan Asake, is becoming a source of concern to the party leadership.
Ibrahim, while speaking, called on the Kaduna state Government and security agencies to bring an end to what he described as a heinous act, adding that the government must rise to the occasion.
“Our great party has noticed with dismay in recent time, the spate of killings of our party supporters in Kaduna state. Particularly in southern Kaduna which is one of our strong holds and the constituency of our Gubernatorial candidate Honourable Jonathan Asake is becoming a source of concern.
“Just last week, our great party lost eight members in Kaura local government and Zangon Kataf Local Government respectively.
“This series of killings within a short time is highly condemnable and insensitive, especially in this festive period.
“Our great party strongly condemned these killings and we cannot continue folding our arms seeing our members killed on a daily basis. As such, we call on the Kaduna state government to do all it takes to bring the perpetrators of this heinous act to book.
“We in the labour party want the Kaduna state government to be proactive in protecting the lives and property of the citizens.
“We therefore called on the Kaduna state government to as a matter of urgency, put all the mechanisms in motion, apprehend and prosecute whoever has hands in this criminality.
“The killing of the amiable women leader of Labour Party in Kaduna state Mrs Victoria Chintex is still fresh in our minds and we will follow up with her gruesome murder till Kaduna State government apprehends the culprits.
“The Labour Party views all the killings in our major strongholds in Kaduna state and some parts of the country as a calculated attempt to demoralize our supporters,” the party emphasised.