PDP faction in Kano insists on participating in LG election

A faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano state on Wednesday has dissociated itself from the stance of the PDP Caretaker Committee that announced last Tuesday that the party would not participate in the oncoming January Local Government election in the state saying, “this is far from the truth”.
Addressing reporters on Wednesday in Kano, the PDP chairman from Dala Local Government, Muhammina Lamido explained that “The attention of the PDP Interim Administrative Committee in Kano state has been drawn to a media statement accredited to one Hon. Danladi Abdulhamid Kagara in which the said person was reported as saying that the PDP in Kano state does not have candidates and may not partake in the forthcoming local government elections in Kano state. This is far from the truth.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the PDP in Kano state did not authorise the said person to make the said statement and the said person does not possess the standing and mandate to make the said statement.
“As matters stand, the only organ of PDP with the power to act under section 24 (2) (B) of the PDP Constitution, is the State Executive Committee through the Interim Administrative Committee led by the undersigned.
“Preparations for participation in the election are on top gear and the committee shall in due course inform the general public and KANSIEC and its candidates for the election” he stated.
Mr Muhammina further called on the Kano State Independent Electoral Commission to review the price of the application forms to make it more affordable for those contesting, while calling to avoid any situation that will turn the state into a one party state.
“We wish to use this medium to call upon KANSIEC to consider bringing down the cost of the application forms for candidates in the election in order to make the same more affordable for opposition parties’ candidates in the state. This is one step towards providing a level playing field and opening the political space for all.
“Kano state should not be turned into a one party state with the attendant consequences” he said.
However, Kano state government says the disgruntled Kwankwasiyya movement claims to have withdrawn from the forthcoming local government elections in the state is nothing but a face saving scheme considering that it has no platform to partake in the polls.
The state commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, who disclosed this in a statement made available to THISDAY on Wednesday in reaction to the movement’s decision to boycott the election said the decision was to reassure its gullible members that it is still relevant.
He said since the movement is not a political party and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) faction it belongs to is not recognized by the national headquarters of the party, there is no way it can participate in any election.
Malam Garba explained that the tenure of the caretaker committee chairman of the unrecognized faction of the party, Danladi Abdulhameed who addressed the press conference announcing the purported withdrawal has expired long ago, which further indicates that it is just a farce.
“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 and that the PDP headquarters by the provision of the constitution of the party only identify and recognize with the state Working Committee to take charge in the affairs of the party in such a circumstances’’the statement added.
The commissioner further stated that while the All Progressive Party (APC) has already ensured the emergence of its candidates for the Local Government election through consensus or conduct of primary election, also recalled that during the 2013 local polls, Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso singlehandedly handpicked and imposed candidates on the people.
He also dismissed allegation of embezzlement of funds earmarked for the conduct of the election which he said were for the purchase of sensitive and non-sensitive election materials as well as logistics for the exercise slated for January 16, 2021 as requested by the KANSIEC
Malam Garba assured that the State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC) would ensure the conduct of free and fair election in the state.

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