From Mustapha Adamu, Kano
A faction of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano state, led by former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aminu Wali has launched an appeal fund to sponsor the upcoming Local Government election in the state.
The Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC) has skated the Local Government election for 16th January, 2021.
The Wali’s faction declared participation in the election, as against the Kwankwasiyya faction, led by former governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso which stated that it would not participate in the election because it lost confidence in the electoral processes by the KANSIEC.
However, in preparation of the election, the Wali’s faction yesterday launched the appeal fund at his residence in Kano in order to sponsor the candidates for chairmanship and councillorship positions to buy nomination forms and fund their campaigns.
Speaking at the occasion, Muhammaina Bako Lamido, who claimed to be the interim chairman of the party in Kano, said the aim of the fundraising meeting was to raise money to sponsor the candidates to partake in the election.
According to him, the PDP in the state is considered to be inactive by the national body, that is why they had thrown the gauntlet to show that the party’s flag is still flying in the second most populous state in the country.
“I therefore called on all interim chairmen across the 44 Local Governments to start preparation in top gear. We want the national body of PDP and even our opposition to feel our presence in Kano state.
“ We have decided to launch this crowdfunding campaign to enable us sponsor our candidates and their campaigns across the state.
“We are optimistic that we will win the election. Unlike the other faction, we have confidence in KANSIEC and believe our strength is enough to foil any attempt to rig the election,” Lamido said.
In his remarks, one of the leaders of the party in the state, former Chief Whip in the Senate, Senator Bello Hayatu Gwarzo, called on the party stalwarts to come out en masse on the election day to vote for PDP.
He warned the KANSIEC against rigging the election, saying “we will not condone any form of rigging and we stand to challenge it anywhere.”
According to Gwarzo, who donated N5 million to the appeal fund, the party is strong enough to challenge the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, calling on the party’s supporters to prepare for the battle on January 16, 2021.
Other members that donated money include Alhaji Aminu Baba Danbaffa, who launched the crowdfunding with N5 million, the Association of Former Lawmakers under the PDP in the state also donated N1.5 million.
The party’s interim chairmen for the 44 Local Government chapters also donated the sum of N11 million, the state’s Commissioner of Water Resources, Sadiq Wali, donated N2 million.
Some of the party’s stalwarts and councilorship candidates across the state also donated smaller amount of money, ranging from N500 to N10,000.
The party’s leader in the state, Ambassador Aminu Wali, thanked the the organisers of the appeal fund, which according to him, would be closed on 10th January, six days to the election.