2023 polls: Real reason PDP lost Katsina

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*Most PDP agents didn’t get their logistics, transport allowances, says legal adviser

The last may not have been heard about the outcome of last general elections in Katsina State.

The inability of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to pay their election duty agents numbering over 6000 during this 2023 general polls may also be responsible for the defeat suffered by the main opposition party in the state, KATSINA MIRROR can authoritatively reveal.

The party’s state legal adviser, Barr. Mustapha Shitu Mahuta, told this reporter on telephone on Thursday that the party should be blamed for its fate at the polls.

According to him, most of the PDP agents waited for the party to mobilize them to their respective duty posts but to no avail.

He said: “If you look at the elections, you will see that people really wanted to vote PDP; PDP had greater chances of winning the elections but because of internal problems that we had, more especially the mishandling of funds from the national body for the elections, it cost us dearly – we lost three senatorial seats and nine House of Representatives seats, all because of this.”

Mahuta added: “From our preliminary investigation, we were shocked that no presidential campaign council meeting was held to even discuss how the money would be spent. No State Working. Committee and no State Executive Committee meeting was held, no zonal executive committee, no organ or arm of the party in the state was involved but just a few in the presidential campaign council that mismanaged the money.

“So, you will find that out of our agents in over 6000 polling units in Katsina, some of them, in fact more than half of them were yet to receive their transport allowances and other logistics that really affected our chances.

“How do you expect somebody to travel down to a village where he is an agent or to cover a long distance for election purposes without been mobilized, especially with the scarcity of the naira notes?

“If you recall, we have a pending suit in Katsina high court over the more than one billion naira allegedly mismanaged by the presidential campaign council. So, it’s against this background that the national executive committee decided to dissolve the state executive committee.”

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