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2019: Buhari’s supporters besiege APC Secretariat, protest harassment by VIO

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By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA – Some supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday stormed the national secretariat of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC to express their outrage over alleged harassment by operatives of the Directorate of Road Traffic Services DRTS, popularly called Vehicle Inspection Officers VIO.

The group, under the auspices of Coalition of all Tricycle Owners and Riders Association, led by its National Coordinator, Thomas Ali Danjuma, alleged that the operatives were deliberately tormenting its members because there support for the reelection bid of President Buhari.

“Our members in FCT are being tormented by the VIO officials, all because we are supporting the APC. When they catch our members, they will say ‘No be una vote Baba?’ ‘No be una vote for change?’

“So, as I am talking, continuous harassment of our members is becoming too much. We have come to the APC National headquarters to cry out to the party, to tell them.

“We are in support of APC, our members are supporting them and we want to re-elect the President come 2019, that is why we bought a big vehicle, we contributed money to buy that vehicle to give the national party office, so that they can use to campaign,” Danjuma said.


He added that the group had earlier informed the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation through a separate petition.

According to him, “We have a lot of petitions in their various offices. We have as well written to the office of the Secretary to the Government of Federation OSGF but the way they are still coming out to harass our boys is becoming unbearable.”

While reacting to the source of funds they used to buy the truck donated to support President Buhari’s second term campaign bid, Danjuma stressed that all members of the association contributed to raise the fund.

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He said, “That Tundra Toyota we bought, we generated money from the contribution of our members. We have been using that Tundra to go up and down, fueling it, mobilising our members to see how we can return the President.

“We know that campaign has not fully started, we are waiting for November 18, so we can kick-start our campaign with the President.”

He, however, urged Nigerians to stop saying there is no job in the country, adding that over twenty million members of his association are earning their daily living from riding of tricycles and motorcycles.

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