Tension in Kano as police disallow PDP primaries

By Abdulmumin Murtala, Kano

There is tension in Kano as police sealed the venue for the People’s Democratic Party PDP primaries at Marhaba Cinema claiming they are acting on a court order.

Police spokesman in Kano, SP Magaji Majiya said they were acting on a Court Order on the PDP leadership tussle in Kano.

He explained that there was existing Court Order which reversed the dissolution of the party leadership in the state and should be maintained to avoid breakdown of law and order.

Kano PDP governorship primaries was earlier scheduled for last Sunday but was later postponed by the national headquarters pending the resolution of some leadership challenges faced by the party in the state.

The party in the state is under a caretaker committee under the chairmanship of Rabiu Sulaiman Bichi, a former secretary to the state government.

Reacting, a renowned member of the Kwankwasiyya political movement and running mate to one of the governorship aspirants Comrade Aminu Abdulsalam has accused the Police of acting the script of the Federal Government to cripple the party structure in Kano.

He explained that the security agencies have no right to prevent the opposition party from holding its lawful primaries.

Abdulsalam who is also a former Commissioner for State Affairs under Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso’s administration as Governor of Kano state also challenged the Police for preventing the Kwankwasiyya members from accessing the Lugard House, Kwankwasiyya headquarters in the state.

According to him, PDP in Kano would not be intimidated by the Police from carrying out their lawful primaries.

“We are all from Kano and we have the right to associate and to belong to any political party of our choice. We are aware the federal government and APC are jittering and intimidated of Kano PDP because of our strong and massive support. But we would not be intimidate we would go ahead to conduct our primaries let the Police come and kill all of us” he declared.

“The Police have no right to stop us from conducting political activities in Kano” he added.

Also reacting, the Director, Campaign Organization of Alhaji Salihu Sagir Takai, a governorships aspirant, Barr. Faruq Iya Sambo said the party was still waiting for the Police for approval to conduct its primaries.

He said delegates from across the party’s structure are ready for the primaries to vote their choice but the sealing of the venue of the primaries has dampened the enthusiasm of delegates drawn from the 44 Local Government Areas of the state.

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