KANO PDP PRIMARIES: KWANKWASO'S SUPPORTERS PROTEST, AS MIXED REACTIONS TRAIL CANCELLATION
Mixed reactions has trailed the dissolution of the gubernatorial primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) held few weeks back by the Central Working Committee of the party on Sunday in Kano State.
The primaries produced the former governor of the state, Dr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso as the party's flag bearer, after he defeated Col. Habibu Shiaubu (retd), Senator Mohammed Bello and Alhaji Kabiru Mohammed.
While some party stalwarts in the state capital applauded the fresh directive ordering a re- run of the primaries, another group of stakeholders, made of some of the party's candidates and sympathizers of the former governor faulted the move on the grounds that it would eventually undo the party in the state.
Senator Bello Isa Hayaitu, who spoke on behalf of the stakeholders faulted the decision of the CWC on the grounds that , 'the primary election recently held was adjudged to be transparent, free and fair by the Electoral Panel, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies. Not even that, the agents of all the aspirants accepted the results by signing the result sheets.'
In attendance at the conference, which took place on Sunday at the Nigeria Union of Journalits (NUJ) Press Centre were Mr Lawal Farouk Lawal, Alhaji Mutari Ishaq , Dr. Baraka Sani, Alhaji Yusuf Ado Kibya, Alhaji Ahmed Garba Bichi and several other supporters, especially members of the Kwankwassiya faction. Hundreds of party supporters and thugs had besieged the centre with placards, screaming party and pro Kwankwassiyya chants and slogans. Their placards read: ' Kwankwaso is Our Choice,' 'Kano sai Kwankwaso' among others. However, supporters of the rest of the gubernatorial aspirants in the party were conspicuously absent.
Senator Hayaitu, who represents Kano North in the Senate expressed bitterness on the decision to hold a re-run primary in the state on January 25, 2011, recalling that, 'there was no petition to the Appeal Panel, the state party executive or the National Working Committee within the period allowed.'
'We strongly believe that calling for a re-run at this material time will jeopardize the chances of the party in the state. This decision could be constructed to be the direct consequence of the pattern our delegates voted at the just concluded national convention of the party,' he stated.
In view of the foregoing, 'the stakeholders urged the National Working Committee (NWC) to reconsider its decision in the overall interest of the party and the nation at large.'