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APC contestants to have drug test before elections at NDLEA office

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano has directed contestants seeking APC’s executive council positions to undergo a mandatory drug test.

• October 13, 2021
Abdullahi Ganduje
Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano has directed contestants seeking APC’s executive council positions to undergo a mandatory drug test.

Thirteen councillorship aspirants in Kano had early in the year tested positive for hard drugs.

The governor directed all the contestants to report to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in the state for the screening before 7:00 a.m.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, on Wednesday in Kano.

“The directive is part of government’s policy, to rid Kano of illicit substances,” said Mr Garba.

He warned that no contestant would be screened without undergoing the mandatory drug test ahead of the October 16 state congress of the ruling party.

“Similar tests were carried out for contestants into local government election, as well as political appointees including members of the state executive council before offering them a portfolio,” added the statement.

The commissioner added that Mr Ganduje had already mandated the state office of the NDLEA to conduct the tests.

The commissioner reaffirmed the governor’s commitment to rid political leaders of drug abuse.

“Government will not hesitate to issue necessary disciplinary measures against anyone found with the trace of illicit substances, including a compulsory recommendation for rehabilitation,” the commissioner stated.

On January 8, 13 councillorship aspirants in Kano tested positive for hard drugs. According to the APC secretary in Kano, Ibrahim Sarina, the ruling party had, through the NDLEA, conducted tests on the candidates.

Mr Sarina had disclosed that the 13 councilorship candidates who tested positive were replaced.

(NAN)

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