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Ganduje mocks Kwankwaso from boycotting Kano council polls

By Murtala Adewale, Kano
03 December 2020   |   3:39 am
Governor Abdulahi Ganduje has taunted the Kwankwasiyya faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), promoted by his predecessor, Dr. Rabiu Kwankwaso, for pulling out of the January 16,2021 local council elections in Kano State.

Executive Governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje PHOTO: Twitter

• Another faction confirms participation

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has taunted the Kwankwasiyya faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), promoted by his predecessor, Dr. Rabiu Kwankwaso, for pulling out of the January 16,2021 local council elections in Kano State.

In a statement yesterday by the Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, the administration said the boycott “is nothing but a face-saving scheme, as the Kwankwasiyya faction has no platform to partake in the polls.”

The caretaker chairman, Danladi Abdulhameed, who announced the withdrawal on Tuesday, said the outcome of the elections had allegedly been predetermined.

While challenging credibility of the electoral body, the opposition party claimed that the state government had compromised the umpire. But the state government countered that the decision was to “reassure its (movement) gullible members that it is still relevant.”

Garba maintained that since “Kwankwasiyya is not recognised by the national headquarters of the party, there is no way it can participate in any election.”

The commissioner explained that Danladi’s tenure in office had reportedly expired long time ago, and as such, lacked credibility to speak on behalf of the party.

He also dismissed allegations of fraud in the purchase of sensitive and non-sensitive election materials and logistics for the exercise. Garba assured the residents that the election managers, Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC), would conduct free and fair come next month.

“We are not surprised at this claim by the beleaguered group which is in legal battle with another faction of the party over its status.

“While the All Progressives Congress (APC) has already ensured emergence of its candidates for the local government election through consensus or primary election, you may also recall that during the 2013 local polls, (former) Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso singlehandedly handpicked and imposed candidates on the people,” the commissioner added.

HOWEVER, another faction, championed by an acclaimed protem chairman, Muhammina Bako Lamido, yesterday indicated readiness for the polls. Addressing reporters in the capital, he insisted that the party will soon unveil its 44 chairmanship and 484 councillorship aspirants.

Lamido, who heads the Ambassador Aminu Wali’s faction, argued that Abdulhameed lacked the authority to speak for PDP in the state.