Kano govt says contestants for APC executive council must undergo drug test

The Kano State Government has directed all contestants seeking the All Progressive Congress (APC)’s executive council position to undergo a mandatory drug test.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State. [Daily Trust]

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

Garba said interested persons should report to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in the state for the screening before 7a.m.

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

He warned that no contestant would be screened without undergoing the mandatory drug test ahead of the Oct. 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 portfolio,” Garba said.

The commissioner said Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje has already mandated the state office of the NDLEA to conduct of the tests.

The commissioner reaffirmed Ganduje’s commitment to riddle drug abuse among political leaders.

”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 said.

The News News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that on Jan. 8, 13 councillorship aspirants in Kano State tested positive to hard drugs.

According to APC Secretary in Kano, Alhaji Ibrahim Sarina, the ruling party had, through the NDLEA conducted tests on the candidates.

Sarina said the 13 councilorship candidates who tested positive to drug abuse were replaced.

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