KANO State government says the Kwankwasiyya movement’s assertion to have exempted itself from the forthcoming local government elections in the state is nothing but a tactful scheme, considering that it has no platform to participate in the January local government polls.

The state Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, who disclosed this in a statement in reaction to the movement’s decision to shun the election, said the decision was to reassure its members that it is still relevant.

He said since the movement is not a political party and the People’s Democratic Party PDP, the faction it belongs to, is not recognized by the national headquarters of the party, there is no way it can participate in any election.

Garba explained that the tenure of the caretaker committee chairman of the unrecognized faction of the party, Danladi Abdulhameed, who addressed the press conference announcing the purported withdrawal has expired a long time ago, which further indicates that it is just a farce.

“We are not surprised at this claim by the beleaguered group which is in a legal battle with another faction of the party over its status and that the PDP headquarters by the provision of the constitution of the party only identify and recognize with the state Working Committee to take charge in the affairs of the party in such circumstances,” the statement read.