EXCLUSIVE: Yes, My Arrest Is Based On 2019 Elections: Detained PDP Chieftain Yaro Makama Rigachikun Says The Ruling APC Party In Kaduna Is Arresting Opposition Members Before The Polls


A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in Kaduna, detained by officers in Abuja, was full of life as he spoke exclusively to a reporter from DENISAURUS News about his recent ordeal. 

Yaro Makama Rigachikun who was picked up by security agents days before the polls, for allegedly inciting violence through his words, believes he is in detention because the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC are afraid of being “defeated.” He said “that is why they are “witch hunting opposition towards the election.”

Though he remains in custody in Force CIB Garki, Abuja, Alhaji Rigachikun, who was Kaduna PDP chairman for nine years before joining the APC where he helped the state Governor, Nasir El-Rufai win in 2015, remains in high spirit and certain that the PDP which he returned to in 2017 was in a good position for the Saturday March 2nd elections.

Alhaji Rigachickun was arrested yesterday afternoon. His arrest comes days after Ben Bako, director of publicity of the PDP campaign in Kaduna, was detained for using inciting words that can lead to the “complete breakdown of law and order in the state and beyond.”

In a statement issued in Kaduna, the DSS said “on the 9th February, 2019, this service invited Mr Ben. Bako to shed more light on his inciting statement and call for violence in the state. Earlier on the 7th February, 2019 Bako had addressed a rally at Kafanchan, Jema’a local government area of Kaduna state.”

But, Alhaji Rigachicckun explained that the allegation of hate speech put before them was false, adding that it is President Muhammadu Buhari who asked followers in Zamfara to “eat well” and get ready to beat people.

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Governor El-Ruai’s word also spurred concerns when he stated that any foreign powers that intervene in the 2019 elections would return in body bags.

“Those that are calling for anyone to come and intervene in Nigeria, we are waiting for the person that would come and intervene, they would go back in body bags,” Governor El-Rufai said at a NTA Live programme.

Alhaji Rigachikun told DENISAURUS News reporters that APC leaders wanted him to return to the fold but he refused as he believes they have failed to deliver on their promise to the people in the state.

“Kuma sun roke ni amma nace ba zan koma APC ba, saboda sun kasa cika alkawuran da suka yi wa Jama’a.”

“Abin dayasa na fadi kalman cewa a buge duk wanda yayi yunkurin satan akwati saboda shi Shugaban kasa Buhari shi ya fara yin wannan kalman tada hargitsi a wajen campe da yayi a 2011. Hakanan ma ya sake yin kalaman tayar da hargitsi a Zamfara shekaran jiya wajen yakin neman zabe,” he said in Hausa language.

DENISAURUS News who visited Alhaji Rigachikun, in custody today, was made to understand that he is not the only one marked down for arrest.

He said: “they want to align (Senator Ahmed) Makarfi and many others to inciting offence.”

The PDP chieftain was part of those who worked for the emergence and victory of Governor Nasir El-rufai in 2015.

“Saboda na fita daga APC na koma PDP shiyasa Elrufai yake mun bita da kulli,” he added.

Alhaji Rigachikun is now working to help the PDP candidate Isa Ashiru Kudan – who many believes will defeat Governor El-rufai in the coming elections.

The Governor of the All Progressives Congress, APC, who is facing a stiff challenge from the PDP candidate has lost support in the South of the state, following several clashes that has resulted in the loss of lives of many Christians living there.

Governor El-Rufai also lost allies in his party, after bulldozing a building belonging to a serving Senator from the state.

After Senator Suleiman Othman Hunkuyi’s building was demolished on the authorisation of the Governor, Shehu Sani, a Senator representing Kaduna Central raised a motion on the floor of the National Assembly noting that Nigeria “cannot accommodate somebody who has the tendencies of Adolf Hitler, Mobutu Sese Seko and Nebuchadnezzar.”

There are huge fears that the Governor might not be returned back to office, following the atrocities committed in his first term.

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