by ‘Jola Sotubo
Two Jigawa lawmakers on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party were treated to an unpleasant surprise at a recent rally in the state.
Senator Abdulaziz Usman Tarabu, representing North-East Senatorial zone and another Senator, Abdulmumini Hassan Zarekue, were said to have been booed and forced off stage by an angry crowd.
Senator Tarabu was said to have narrowly escaped after he was attacked at a rally in the Biriniwa area of the state.
The Senator was attacked by members of his constituency as he attempted to address them.
The PDP Jigawa State chapter has been holding rallies in all the three Senatorial zones of the state ahead of the local government election slated for January 18, 2014.
At the rally, the youths who had gathered started spontaneous chants of “bamayi, bamayi” which means “we are not in support of you” in Hausa language as the senator attempted to climb the podium to address party faithful.
The chants changed to ‘bamaso-bamaso’, meaning “we don’t like you” as the senator continued his climb.
As the chants grew louder and turned from mere chants to hauling of pure water sachets and other items, the Senator was forced to withdraw his address and return to his seat.
It was also gathered that another Senator, Abdulmumini Hassan Zareku, was also meted a similar treatment by irate youths in Miga Local Government Area of Dutse Emirate Council, a situation which forced him not to address the gathering in the area.
The incident took place in Miga, the headquarters of Miga Local Government Area, which comprises seven local government areas where the seven candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were presented to their electorate by Governor Sule Lamido.
Immediately the senator mounted the podium to address the crowd, the shouting started. The youths chanted ‘bamaso, kasauka, bakayi, mana komeba’, meaning, “we don’t like you, come down from the podium, you have done nothing for us.”
Despite the courage by the senator to ignore them, he had to stop when the shouting became so intense, and was becoming an embarrassment to the personalities at the rally.
Reacting to the tensed situation, Governor Lamido expressed disappointment, saying, the behaviour exhibited was contrary to that of Jigawa State citizens who are known to be kind and accommodating.