The governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Ganduje has ordered that renovation works at Sani Abacha Stadium, Kofar Mata, be suspended so as to make it available for the campaign rally of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.
This is following heavy criticism in the last 24 hours over the directive that the stadium be shut down for repairs days to Atiku’s rally.
According to a source, the facility was closed in order to frustrate the presidential rally of the PDP scheduled for February 10.
However, the spokesman of the sports commission, Abbati Sabo denied this, saying it was meant for repair of the facility ahead of the 2019-2020 Nigeria Premier League (NPL) season.
The commissioner for information, Muhammad Garba, in a statement on Wednesday, said the contractor in charge of the renovation had been directed to remove all equipment from the stadium till after the PDP presidential rally.
Garba said, “As a democrat who believes in freedom of association, His Excellency the governor did not ordered the closure of the stadium to frustrate the campaign rally of the PDP. The stadium only closed for the intended renovation works.”
The renovation of the stadium aimed at giving it a face-lift, included installation of a new scoreboard, the running track and provision of sources for steady water supply to all parts of the stadium.