Kano PDP, APC trade words ahead of As­sem­bly by-elec­tion

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Yusha’u A. Ibrahim, Kano

The PDP in Kano has pe­ti­tioned the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­torate Com­mis­sion (INEC), the po­lice and other se­cu­rity agen­cies on al­leged plan to desta­bilise the forth­com­ing state house of as­sem­bly by­elec­tion for Min­jibir Lo­cal Govern­ment Area sched­uled for Satur­day, July 30.

But the APC has de­bunked the claim, say­ing it was the PDP that was plan­ning to up­set the process.

PDP’s chair­man in Min­jibir Lo­cal Govern­ment, Al­haji Shehu Na-Allah, told news­men in Kano, yes­ter­day, that top APC func­tionar­ies, in­clud­ing Gov­er­nor Ab­dul­lahi Umar Gan­duje, held a meet­ing on Satur­day July 23, at the state’s govern­ment house, where a plan was hatched on how to desta­bilise the elec­tion.

“Dur­ing the meet­ing, lo­cal govern­ment chair­men were di­rected to mo­bilise thugs (YanDaba) and other APC sup­port­ers from the 44 lo­cal gov­ern­ments in the state to Min­jibir a day to the elec­tion for the pur­pose of in­tim­i­dat­ing and ha­rass­ing vot­ers dur­ing the elec­tion,” he al­leged.

Na-Allah added that his party had dis­cov­ered another plan by the APC-led govern­ment to ar­rest PDP’s key stake­hold­ers, es­pe­cially in­di­genes of Min­jibir Lo­cal Govern­ment ahead of the elec­tion.

“We have al­ready pe­ti­tioned INEC, po­lice, DSS and other se­cu­rity agen­cies on the mat­ter. We are hope­ful that the con­cerned agen­cies would not al­low them­selves to be used by the rul­ing party,” he said.

Re­act­ing, the state chair­man of the APC, Al­haji Umar Haruna Doguwa, de­scribed the al­le­ga­tion as mere joke aimed at di­vert­ing the at­ten­tion of the rul­ing party from the elec­tion.

Doguwa said: “The APC has equally heard about a plan by the PDP to dis­rupt the elec­tion. Ev­ery­body knows that Kano is APC’s strong­hold and there is no way PDP will win elec­tion in the state.”

How­ever, the new state com­mis­sioner of po­lice, Al­haji Rabi’u Yusuf, has promised to pro­vide ad­e­quate se­cu­rity dur­ing the elec­tion.

Daily Trust re­ports that the by-elec­tion fol­lowed the death of the former rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Min­jibir lo­cal govern­ment, Al­haji Tahir Hamisu Gur­jiya, of the APC.

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