Supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday besieged the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to express their grievances over alleged harassment by officials of Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO).
The group, under the auspices of Collections for all Tricycle Owners and Riders Association, led by its National Coordinator, Thomas Ali Danjuma, told journalists that the VIO officials are deliberately tormenting its members because they are supporting President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election bid.
The national coordinator, Danjuma who claimed they purchased a Tundra Van to support the President Buhari’s campaign bid said: “Our members in FCT are being tormented by the VIO officials, all because we are supporting the APC. When they arrest our members, they will say ‘you people voted for Baba and Change’.
“So, as I am talking, continuous harassment of our members are 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 the big vehicle there, we contributed money to buy that vehicle to give to the National Party office, so that they can use to campaign”, Danjuma said.
When asked whether they have reported the issue to the appropriate authorities, he said many petitions had earlier been written to various offices, which no response was given adding that they have also informed the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) 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 the Federation (SGF) but the way they are still coming out to harass our boys is becoming unbearable”.
While reacting to the source of fund they used to buy the Tundra Toyota car donated to support President Buhari’s second term campaign bid, Danjuma stressed that all members of the association contributed to raise the fund.
“That Tundra Toyota we bought, we generated the money from the contribution of our members. We have been using that Tundra to go up and down, fuelling it, mobilizing our members to see how we can return the President.
We know that campaign has not fully started, we are waiting for November 18, and so we can kick-start our campaign for the President”.
He also advised 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”.