- In the opinion of the PDP in Kano, the forthcoming local government elections in the state will be a sham
- Based on this perception, the opposition party has backed out from the polls, alleging that the government lacks political morality to organise credible polls
- The PDP also noted that it will not take part in the N2.3billion slated for the poll, which, in its view, is just an excuse to siphon state funds
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano on Tuesday, December 1, announced its withdrawal from the local government elections slated for January 2021.
The decision of the opposition party in the northern state was disclosed on Tuesday by its caretaker committee led by Danladi Abdulhameed who was accompanied by Abba Kabiru Yusuf, a gubernatorial candidate in Kano during the 2019 general elections.
Abdulhammed noted that this resolve is born out of the lack of confidence in the ability of Governor Ganduje-led government to conduct credible and fair elections.
“The Kano state government under the leadership of Governor Ganduje cannot conduct a free and fair election as it lacks the political morality to do so, therefore, our party, the PDP will not participate in the sham of an election come January 16, 2021.”
Moreover, reacting to the report of N2.3billion budgeted for the election, the PDP claimed that it refuses to be a part of an alleged plot to embezzle state funds in the name of conducting elections.
The party noted:
"The PDP will not partake in an exercise which is aimed at siphoning the state’s resources; we resist any attempt to use us to assert credibility on a venture aimed at looking Kano treasury.”
Meanwhile, ahead of Kano local government elections, the state had approved the sum of N2.3 billion for the conduct of the poll.
The funds were earmarked to purchase sensitive and non-sensitive election materials for the poll slated for January 16, 2021. Muhammad Garba, the state commissioner for information disclosed this on Thursday, October 15, while briefing newsmen after the state executive council meeting.
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