Amid the brouhaha still trailing the allegation levelled against Kano State governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, of collecting kickbacks from contractors, the National secretariat of the All Progressive Congress, APC, has said it would not substitute his name in 2019 election.
Also, a high-ranking member of the state chapter of party claimed the alleged dollar bribes were donations made for political campaigns in the state.
An online newspaper, Daily Nigerian, had a month ago, released video footages captured with a spy camera showing Governor Ganduje allegedly receiving $5 million bribe from a contractor.
On whether the embattled governor will eventually be dropped as APC’s Kano gubernatorial candidate, in view of published video clips, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Lanre Issa Onilu, told PRNigeria that Ganduje remained the standard bearer of APC in next year’s governorship election.
Onilu, who clearly pointed out that the party lacked the power to change or arbitrarily substitute a bonafide candidate, said: ‘’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.”