Kano orders drug test for APC contestants
•Thousands defect to PDP in Benue
Ahead of the October 16 state congress of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kano State government has directed all contestants seeking the party’s executive council position to undergo a mandatory drug test.
According to the government, the interested persons should report to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in the state for the screening, beginning from Tuesday, October 12, 2021, to the close of nomination form sale.
Briefing journalists on the development, yesterday, the Commissioner for Information, Mohammad Garba, said the decision was part of the government’s policy to rid Kano of illicit substance, insisting that no aspirant would be allowed without NDLEA certification.
The commissioner, who reaffirmed Governor Abdullahi Ganduje administration’s commitment to stop drug abuse among political leaders, disclosed that government would not hesitate to issue necessary disciplinary measures against anyone found with a trace of illicit substance, including a compulsory recommendation for rehabilitation.
MEANWHILE, Ganduje has approved the removal of Mu’azu Dansarauniya as the Executive Chairman, state’s NNPC/AKK Gas Pipeline Project and Gas Industrialisation Committee (KNSG-PDIC) with immediate effect.
APC in Benue State has continued to shrink, as hundreds of its membership dumped the party on Monday for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in search of good governance.
The defectors led by Joseph Kyaagba, at the ceremony in Vandeikya, lamented the deteriorating affairs of the APC leadership in the country.
Other prominent APC politicians that defected to the PDP included Chief Joe Akaakar, Baba Jiro of Egbaland as well as ACP John Actsu and Michael Gwaza.