Ahead of the January 16 local government election in Kano State, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has withdrawn from the race.
The Chairman Caretaker Committee in Kano, Alhaji Danladi Abdulhamid Kagara announced this at a news conference on Tuesday in Kano.
He said that the leadership of PDP has no confidence in Ganduje administration and the electoral umpire KANSIEC.
The opposition party added that rather than dissipating energies on the elections, it would focus on the 2023 governorship election with the aim of reclaiming its stolen mandate and put things right in the state.
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Solacebase reports that Alhaji Danladi Abdulhamid Kagara said the party believes that free and fair elections are integral and essential part of democratic processes as it provides a chance for citizens to choose leaders who would bring development and growth for the benefit of the people.
‘’However, this is only possible where there is confidence and trust in the electoral process and its leadership. We are of the conviction that these qualities are lacking in the Kano Independent Electoral Commission under the leadership of Governor Ganduje,’’ said Alhaji Kagara.
‘’Our party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) reminiscent of the conduct of the Ganduje-led administration during the 2019 general elections; have carefully studied the process and come to the conclusion that the APC-led government has grossly undermined the independence of the Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC) and therefore it lacks the moral impetus to superintend any elections.’’
‘’The PDP and indeed the people of Kano cannot forget how Governor Ganduje and the APC, in connivance with electoral officials used hoodlums and political thugs as well as security agents to intimidate voters and disenfranchise the populace during the 2019 general elections that fraudulently brought the Ganduje administration into office by also manipulating the judiciary.’’