By Fanen Ihyongo, Kano
The Kwankwasiyya faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano State said on Tuesday that it would not participate in the local government election scheduled for January 16.
Caretaker Chairman Danladi Umar Abdulhameed said at a news conference that the PDP had no confidence in the Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC).
He accused Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of undermining the independence of the state electoral commission, noting that the commission lacked the moral impetus to supervise any election.
Abdulhameed alleged that the coming local government election is prearranged to serve as payback for Governor Ganduje’s cronies “and the opposition will not be naive and presumptuous to think it will have a level playing field.”
But in a swift reaction, the Aminu Wali faction of the Kano PDP said Danladi Umar Abdulhameed is not the PDP chairman in Kano State and does not have the right to speak on behalf of the party.
Bako Lamido, the PDP chairman of the Aminu Wali faction, said the opposition will participate in the local government election.
He alleged that the Kwankwasiyya had set a precedent in rigging elections and wondered why they are now crying foul play.
The Nation gathered that the two factions of the Kano PDP are in court over the leadership of the party.