Ganduje Shuts Down Kano Stadiums Days Before Atiku's Rally
Kano State governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has ordered the closure of the Sani Abacha stadium Kofar Mata and the Kano Pillars stadium at Sabon Gari for two weeks.
The government said that the closure was to pave way for general renovation works.
The closure is coming five days to the campaign rally of Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to the directives issued by the office of the state governor, Ganduje, said the proposed general renovation works would last for two weeks.
A reliable source, confirmed the issuance of the directive to shut down the facility.
The source said that the proposed general renovation works had inclusive, the installation of a new scoreboard, the running track and provision of sources for steady water supply to all parts of the stadium facility.
However, another source said that the closure was to ensure that the PDP Presidential Campaign team would not have access to the stadium to seek for votes.
Atiku’s rally is scheduled for February 10 while the renovation is expected to end on February 18.
But Abbati Sabo, spokesman for the Sports Sommission, said the closure was not targeted 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,” the spokesman for the Sports Commission said.
President Muhammadu Buhari used the Sani Abacha stadium for his reelection campaign last week.
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