Confusion is currently brewing in the Kano chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as the two factions of the party conducted primary elections leaving aspirants in an uncertain state.
Two parallel factions of the PDP led by Shehu Wada Sagagi and Bello Hayatu Gwarzo held primary elections for the state House of Assembly and House of Representatives in Kano on Sunday, but they are yet to officially announce the results, leaving aspirants and followers in a state of confusion.
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A high court had last week granted an interlocutor injunction restraining the Sagagi-led exco of the party from parading themselves as the leaders of the party in the state, a development many interpreted to have given legitimacy to the faction led by Gwarzo and a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aminu Wali.
Both factions claimed to have been cleared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and delegations from the party’s national body present during their primaries on Sunday.
Daily Trust observed that the Gwarzo-led faction conducted its primary elections on Sunday night, but it’s yet to compile the results from the 44 local governments of the state, while the faction loyal to Sagagi conducted theirs early in the day through Monday. They, too, have not released the official list of the successful candidates.
A source from INEC office in Kano confirmed that they inspected the PDP primary elections, but declined to specify which of the factions they inspected as the commission is also not certain of who they actually supervised.
The source, however, added that there’s still no submissions brought to the commission for compilation.
He revealed that results are being compiled and would be made public when they are ready.
During a visit to both secretariats of the two factions in Kano, the places were deserted as they were all said to be out observing the senatorial primaries and collecting the representatives and assembly results at undisclosed locations said to be at individual local government and zonal offices of the party.
The PDP has suffered mass defections in Kano.