The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has fixed tomorrow (Monday) as the date for the conduct of the gubernatorial primaries at Marhaba Cinema, Kano.
The chairman of the caretaker committee, Rabiu Bichi, confirmed the development to DAILY NIGERIAN, saying preparation for the conduct of the congress to elect the party’s standard-bearer is in top gear.
He said the national headquarters of the party gave the nod for the congress after one day postponement.
DAILY NIGERIAN gathered that there is uncertainty over the primaries, with most of the contestants kept out of the picture.
It was gathered that the national headquarters had appointed a former minister of state for Foreign Affairs, Dubem Onyia, as the chairman of the congress committee, but most party leaders and contestants are unaware of this development.
DAILY NIGERIAN learnt that the aspirants screened to participate in the primaries include Jafar Sani-Bello, Sadiq Wali, Ibrahim Al-Amin (Little), Hafiz Abubakar, Abba Yusuf, Aminu Dabo, and Salihu Takai.
Inside sources said the greatest confusion the party is facing in Kano today is uncertainty over the number and authenticity of the delegates.
With a subsisting court order against the caretaker committee loyal to former governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, there is indication that police may disperse any gathering organized by the group.
Out of about 6,000 delegates to the Kano PDP gubernatorial congress (primaries), it was gathered the Kwankwaso-led fact has control over about 1,500 (yet to be elected) delegates.
“Even the 1,500 delegates left for Kwankwaso, have to come through a congress organized by Mas’ud Doguwa-led party executives to be legally accepted,” a party leader told DAILY NIGERIAN last week.