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PDP to know fate on Kano LG polls tomorrow

A High Court presided over by the Acting Chief Judge of Kano State, Justice Nura Sagir, is to deliver judgement tomorrow in a case between  the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC) over the conduct of local government elections in the state slated for next month.

The major opposition political party, PDP, rushed to the court asking it to stop KANSIEC from conducting local government elections in the state on February 10, and as well compel it to reduce charges for forms and other stringent measures on tax clearance.

KANSIEC had earlier said each candidate contesting for chairmanship would pay N250, 000 and N150 as charges for forms and tax clearance, while councillorship candidates would pay N150, 000 and N110 for similar charges.

PDP Chairman in the state, Senator Mas’ud El-Jibril Doguwa, said the party challenged the electoral body in court because the charges were high and that many candidates could not afford to pay.

He said, “By our calculations, if we are to go by this arrangement, PDP is expected to spend at least N450, 000 on each chairmanship candidate and his vice and N300, 000 on each councillor. We have 44 local government areas in the state. Therefore, we are expected to pay KANSIEC N39.6m for our 88 members vying for chairmanship.

“Again, the party will spend not less than N300, 000 on each councillor; and we have 484 wards across the state. Therefore, we are expected to pay the electoral body the sum of N145.2m for our councillorship candidates. In total, PDP is to pay KANSIEC N184.8m to allow its candidates contest in the forthcoming polls,” he concluded.


(daily trust)

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