Twelve persons, including four policemen, wednesday collapsed in Katsina State at the General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) presidential campaign rally.
The rally, which held at the Polo Ground in the metropolis, had been scheduled to commence at 10a.m. but most of the key All Progressives Congress (APC) members didn’t arrive the venue until 4.30p.m.
An eyewitness who told THISDAY what happened, said some of the victims had been standing for hours under the sun and the heat and stress apparently took a toll on them.
He also said there were instances where people collapsing but some of them were revived by sympathisers who fanned and poured water on them.
Most of the collapsed victims were standing close to the podium where key members of the APC were scheduled to speak to a large crowd and they were taken to hospital for treatment after they collapsed.
Speaking at the event, Buhari said his administration, if elected, would focus more on three sectors including tackling corruption, revamping the health sector, and transforming the security situation.
Buhari said these three areas had been his emphasis since he commenced campaign, with a call on his supports to ensure their votes count on the day of the election.
In his address to the crowd, the APC national leader and former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu, said the conduct of the military over the Buhari’s qualification saga was a clear attempt by president Jonathan to destroy the army.
Tinubu asked whether Nigerian army recruited and prompted him to all ranks without a certificate.
“Whether Buhari has qualification or not, it is him we are going to vote for. Please, Jonathan should not drag the army into this except if they are Jonathan’s army.”
He noted that the issue at stake was not about Buhari but the move to salvage the country from the grip of those destroying it.
Tinubu alleged that the PDP had only contributed in destroying the country pushing the people into perpetual poverty and youth unemployment
He described the administration of Jonathan as clueless and incompetent in the governing the country, calling on the people to replace Jonathan with Buhari.