The Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC) on Wednesday January 6, disclosed that it disqualified six candidates running for Chairmanship and Councillorship positions in the forthcoming local government elections for reportedly failing a drug test.
Professor Garba Ibrahim Sheka, Chairman of the commission, said six drug addicts were detected among the candidates.
“After the compulsory drug test run by National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on on all the candidates vying for the 44 Chairmen and 484 Councillors, six candidates have been confirmed drug addicts and were disqualified from the race.
“All the confirmed addicts were contesting for councillorship slots. None is going for chairmanship.
“Their parties are lucky to have this week as a window period for them to substitute their replacements as we won’t allow any of them to contest.”
The chairman of KANSIEC who told Daily Trust they have introduced the mandatory test to make sure none of the newly elected leaders are addicted to drugs, said they are optimistic the development will serve as a deterrent to youths who are into drug abuse and have future political ambition to abstain from the habit for fear of being disqualified.