The National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Kola Ologbodiyan, described the move by the Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje to shut down the two major stadia in the state as the height of political intolerance.
The spokesman of the sports commission, Abbati Sabo, had said the directive was not intended to scuttle the campaign rally of the PDP presidential candidate.
But, a source close to the state government told DAILY NIGERIAN that the shutdown was intended to frustrate the forthcoming campaign rally of the PDP candidate in the state.
According to the source who pleaded anonymity, the governor had received a confidential report that a lot of PDP supporters are being mobilised in their numbers from across the state.
He said: “There is every possibility that Atiku will pull more crowd than President Muhammadu Buhari did in the state during his campaign last week.
“People are already angry and tired of Ganduje.
“Also, the governor doesn’t want to send a bad signal to Abuja because the crowd will be massive.”
Reacting, Mr Ologbodiyan said: “It is the height of political intolerance and the PDP believes that Governor Ganduje is driven by the imminent loss awaiting him, President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC in all the elections.
“That is why, in a panicky measure, he went and shutdown the stadia in Kano believing that in shutting down the stadia, he has shut down the consciousness of the people, who have been thrown into hunger, killings, bloodletting, divisions and what have you.
“But we want to assure Governor Ganduje that whether he opens the stadia or not, the people of Kano State have resolved to vote him out and also vote out President Muhammadu Buhari in the next elections.”