The national secretariat of the All Progressive Congress (APC) says it will not substitute Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’s name as the governorship candidate of the party in Kano for the 2019 election.
Concise News reports that the development is coming amid bribery allegations against the Kano state governor.
An online newspaper, Daily Nigerian, had published video clips of the governor allegedly receiving bundles of dollars as kickbacks from contractors. The clips generated reactions with the opposition calling for the governor’s resignation.
Speaking on the possibility of the party substituting Ganduje’s name, APC National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, told PRNigeria that Ganduje remains the standard bearer of the party in Kano.
His words: “The INEC guidelines on the selection or replacement of candidates are explicit. It doesn’t confer power on political parties to whimsically, arbitrarily or recklessly just substitute a candidate on frivolous grounds.
“It is only when a candidate dies, voluntarily withdraws from contesting an election, or a court pronouncement that a candidate can then be substituted or replaced, if you like.
“So as things stand, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, regardless of the unfortunate development is and still remains APC’s Kano Guber candidate.
“Don’t forget that the governor has sued the publisher of the online media for defamation of character,’’ he concluded.