By Salihi Abubakar Bello
Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has called on the State and National Assemblies to include in the constitution amendment a law that will make it mandatory for political office seekers to undergo drug abuse test.
Dropping this hint during the handing over of campaign flags to local government chairmanship candidates of the All Progressives Congress ( APC) held at Sani Abacha Indoor Stadium yesterday, Governor Ganduje advocated that there is the need to have a drug-free people to hold political offices at all levels.
He added that the state assembly in collaboration with competent lawyers could approach the National Assembly to ensure that a law against drug abuse among political office holders is enacted.
He said: “each of the chairmanship and councillorship candidates underwent drug abuse test,” disclosing that during the test by NDLEA, some candidates were found to be abusing drugs and thus replaced.
According to him, his administration conducted the same exercise before the appointment of his commissioners and permanent secretaries. Ganduje pledged that no drug addict will be allowed to rule the good people of the state any more.
He however called on the electorate to vote for APC in the forthcoming elections, describing his party as strong as ever, pledging that, “we will continue to mobilize the electorate to win all the 44 chairmanship seats and the 484 councillorship posts.”
Thereafter, the governor handed over the campaign flags to the chairmanship candidates and instructed them to also give out party flags to councillorship candidates at their respective local governments.
On his part, the state chairman of the party, Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas enjoined the candidate to remain loyal to the party as they deliver its programmes to the people. One of the candidates from Shanono Local Government Area of the state, Comrade Abdullahi Abubakar Shanono promise not to disappoint his people while his counterpart of Tudun Wada Local Government Area, Alhaji Ahmad Tijjani Musa expressed delight for the confidence the party reposed on them as he called on the electorate to vote massively during the election.