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Kola Ologbondiyan speaking with journalists.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Wednesday, condemned the closure of stadiums in Kano State, in a bid to disrupt the campaign rally of its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in the northwest state.

The closure of the stadiums was ordered by Governor Umar Ganduje in order for some renovations works to be done in the stadiums.

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Concise News reports that the PDP’s presidential rally had been scheduled to hold in the state on February 10, while, the renovation is expected to end on February 18, two days after the presidential elections.

Reacting, the PDP in a statement issued by the party’s National Publicity Secretary and Director of Media/Publicity, Kola Ologbodiyan, condemned the closure by the Kano government.

He said, “Very importantly, the PDP calls on the National Peace Committee to note the infractions by the All Progressives Congress and its leaders to the peace accord, including the provocative shut down of all the stadia in Kano state by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje in order to frustrate the PDP.”

The party went on to threaten to pull out of the peace accord if the listed infractions were not addressed.

“After due consideration of comments, threats and incendiary actions by the APC and Muhammadu Buhari which are directly inimical to a peaceful, free and fair election, the PDP is left with no option than to consider a review of its signatory in the National peace accord.”

What to renovate 

Concise News understands that the proposed general renovation in the stadiums in the APC-controlled state reportedly included the installation of the new scoreboard, the running track and provision of sources for steady water supply to all parts of the stadiums.

Spokesman for the Kano State Sports Commission, Abbati Sabo, told reporters that the shutdown of the Sani Abacha Stadium situated at Kofar Mata and Kano Pillars Stadium at Sabon Gari was not intended to frustrate the campaign rally of the PDP.

He said: “As far as I am concerned, this directive doesn’t have a political undertone. The state government was advised to renovate the stadium, ahead of the NPL season.”

“The government had now heeded to the advice and ordered for the commencement of the project in order to have smooth conduct of the league. As you can see, the facility is in need of repair and the government has now answered the call for its renovation.”

Impact of Kano on Nigeria’s general election

Kano is likely to play a major role in the outcome of this month’s presidential poll as, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (Inec), the pyramid state has the highest number of registered voters for the 2019 elections. More than five million people registered to vote in the state.

President Muhammadu Buhari had emphatically defeated Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 elections with a margin of nearly two million votes.

This year’s Presidential election is scheduled to hold on Saturday, February 16, 2019, alongside National Assembly polls.

While the governorship election and State Houses of Assembly elections are scheduled for Saturday, March 2, 2019.