Ganduje Backs Down On Use Of Stadium For PDP Campaign
Abdullahi Ganduje, Kano state governor has suspended the renovation works at Sani Abacha Stadium, Kofar Mata, so as to pave way for the campaign rally of Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Recall that Naija News reported that the governor ordered the shutdown of the stadium for repairs in what was widely believed to be a political move targeted at preventing opposition PDP from using the venue for its campaigns.
In a statement on Wednesday, Muhammad Garba, commissioner for information, said the contractor in charge of the renovation had been directed to remove all equipment from the stadium till after the PDP presidential rally.
The renovation of the stadium aimed at giving it a face-lift included installation of a new scoreboard, the running track and provision of sources for steady water supply to all parts of the stadium.
‘’As a Democrat who believes in freedom of association, His Excellency the governor did not order the closure of the stadium to frustrate the campaign rally of the PDP. The stadium only closed for the intended renovation works,’’ Garba said.
While wishing the PDP a successful outing, the statement urged the leadership of the party to ensure orderliness during the event in order to avert the destruction of facilities.
President Muhammadu Buhari used the facility for his reelection campaign last week.