- The police in Kano state have reportedly disrupted the Kwankwasiyya-led faction of the PDP parallel primary election in the state
- Kwankwasiyya supporters explained that the police denied them access into Lugard House, secretariat of the movement, for the election
- The officers were said to have barricaded the two entries into the building with Hilux vans
Some men of the Nigeria Police Force in Kano, on Monday, October 1, reportedly prevented Kwankwasiyya-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from holding a parallel primary election.
Daily Trust reports that the Kwankwasiyya supporters converged at Lugard House, secretariat of the movement, for election but were denied access into the building by the police.
The national secretary of the Kwankwasiyya Awareness Network, Comrade Auwal Muhammad, said they were at the Lugard House for the screening of their delegates and aspirants preparatory to the primary.
Muhammad said: “All Kwankwasiyya delegates and aspirants were asked to assemble at the Lugard House today for a final screening before the primary elections.
“This house is where we normally meet and deliberate on political issues. So both PDP and other Kwankwasiyya coalitions were invited from all the 44 local governments only for us to come and meet policemen barricaded the house.”
It was observed that about seven police patrol Hilux vans were stationed around Marhaba, which leads to the venue, while five others were deployed to the Lugard House, which barricaded the other two routes to the house where the event was scheduled to hold.
Responding to the development, Umar Haruna Doguwa, one of the leaders in the movement, said they intended to conduct primary elections at Marhaba, but that armed policemen cordoned off the area and prevented them from gaining access into the building.
Senator Mas’ud El-Jibril Doguwa, the PDP state chairman, said unless the party’s national headquarters tried to do something else, there were primaries in Kano state. He lamented that the laid down procedures for conducting legal primaries were not followed.
“Before a primary election is conducted in a state, a committee must be set up and the committee must meet with all aspirants and inform them the modalities it adopts. In the case of Kano, such a committee was not formed, not to talk of meeting with members of the committee.
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“Again, the committee will also come with four letters, one for the party chairman of the particular state where the primary is going to hold, the three other letters are for the police, DSS and INEC, notifying them about the primary election. In our case there was nothing like that.
“After all, who are the members of the committee? When and where did they meet with the aspirants? We better sit down and iron out things rather than making things worse. There is nothing that cannot be solved through dialogue.”
The Kano police spokesman, Magaji Musa Majia, while reacting to the incident said the police were complying with a court order that stopped the PDP from conducting primaries and any other political activity in the state.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Kano state governor Umar Abdullahi Ganduje said close to three million supporters of the APC voted for President Muhammadu Buhari’s candidacy in the 2019 election.
Ganduje, who is the returning officer of Friday, September 28 presidential primary in the state said Buhari’s candidacy was affirmed by 2,931,235 party members across the 44 Local governments in Kano state.
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