Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano state, on Tuesday ordered the immediate closure of two major stadiums in the state. This is coming five days to the campaign rally of Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Atiku’s rally is scheduled for February 10 while the funny renovation is expected to end on February 18, just to make sure Atiku don’t use the stadium.
A government official who spoke off the record told TheCable that the shutdown of the two stadium — Sani Abacha Stadium situated at Kofar Mata and Kano Pillars stadium at Sabon Gari — was intended to frustrate the forthcoming campaign rally of the PDP.
But Abbati Sabo, spokesman of the sports commission, said the closure was not targetted at the presidential rally of the PDP presidential candidate.
He added that the renovation work was as a result of the 2019-2020 Nigeria Premier League (NPL) season.
“As far as I am concerned, this directive doesn’t have a political undertone. The state government was advised to order for the renovation of the stadium ahead of the NPL season,” he said.
“The government had now heeded to the advice and ordered for the project in order to have smooth conduct of the league. As you can see, the facility is in need of repair and the government has now answered the call for its renovation.”
Funny enough, President Buhari used the same Sani Abacha stadium for his campaign last week and lifted the hand of Ganduje despite his Dollar-bribe saga.