The New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP, in Kano State has uncovered plans by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to reduce the number of people having Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in the state by luring and seizing them from the original owners with the express purpose of disenfranchising them.
This is just as the party noted with dismay that for the very first time in the history of governance in the state, the incumbent has turned government affairs into a family affair, as evidently seen in government policies and appointments, adding that it is more worrisome, sad and disastrous that the anointed APC Gubernatorial candidate has sworn by the Holy Qur’an to continue with these uninterrupted destructions of Kano State.
The party made these known as part of pointers to the state government’s abandonment of its primary responsibilities of protecting lives and properties of the citizens by being myopic and driven by sentiments, emotions, vendetta, and self-enrichment, as contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the NNPP gubernatorial, senatorial, House of Representatives, state house of assemblies’ candidates and party executives sensitization workshop held on September 15, 2022 at DUTSE ROYAL HOTEL, MAIDUGURI ROAD, in Kano.
According to the statement signed by the workshop chairman, Honorable Garba Diso, and secretary, Dr. Hamisu Sadi Ali, the workshop, in seeking quick solutions to the threat of disenfranchisement, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to as a matter of urgency publish and paste the names of all uncollected PVCs in order to create awareness for the rightful owners to claim them.
Among other issues highlighted by the workshop were the Destruction of the Educational System following the Closure and de-boarding of unity schools; non-payment of all examination fees by the state government to WAEC, NECO, and NBAIS; delayed and non-payment of scholarship allowances to foreign and local students; and the creation of non-educationally friendly environment within school premises through the construction of corner shops in schools like Northwest University, Kano.
Furthermore, the workshop emphasized that Kano State is now one of the leading states in terms of drug abuse and thuggery under the watch of Governor Ganduje and his administration, adding that the KIRU REHABILITATION CENTRE which was established by the Kwankwaso’s administration for drug abuse has since been closed down by Ganduje’s administration.
Another disturbing issue raised by the workshop is that of land Grabbing, and dubious allocations and selling of land to intentionally deface Kano State. It stated that despite the mechanisms put in place by the previous administrations to control illegal and sub- standard buildings, the government of Governor Ganduje intentionally allowed these illegal practices with government approval which have resulted in flooding, building collapse and even death.
The workshop therefore expressed utmost concern over the flooding and collapse of buildings that occurred recently at Kantin Kwari and Civic Centre markets respectively which led to loss of lives and properties among others, just as it extended its profound condolences and sympathy to all those affected by the disaster, on behalf of the National leader/Presidential candidate of the party, Engr. Dr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, the state executives, the party Gubernatorial and his running mate, Senatorial, House of Representatives, and State Assembly candidates.
The workshop finally declared total support of the NNPP’s position in the state, reiterating that the 2023 election must be completely different from the previous one and adding that the party will do all it can within the ambit of law to ensure that the 2023 election is free, fair and credible.