Notwithstanding bribery allegations, the All Progressive Congress (APC) has vowed to stick to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State for the forthcoming general elections.
A series of viral clips showed Mr Ganduje allegedly collecting kickbacks from contractors.
The state’s House of Assembly swiftly set up a panel to probe the allegations but was halted by a court order from the governor.
Mr Ganduje also sued the online publisher, restraining it from publishing further videos.
On whether the embattled governor will eventually be dropped as APC’s Kano gubernatorial candidate, in view of published video clips, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Lanre Issa Onilu, told PRNigeria that Ganduje remained the standard bearer of APC in next year’s governorship election.
Onilu, who clearly pointed out that the party lacked the power to change or arbitrarily substitute a bonafide candidate, said: ‘’The INEC guidelines on the selection or replacement of candidates are explicit. It doesn’t confer power on political parties to whimsically, arbitrarily or recklessly just substitute a candidate on frivolous grounds.
“It is only when a candidate dies, voluntarily withdraws from contesting an election, or a court pronouncement that a candidate can then be substituted or replaced, if you like.”