It is evident that there is no political peace in Dutse, even though the seeming silence in and around the state may be mistaken for the semblance of peace.
On the contrary, the two leading political parties in the state, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the ruling party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) are at daggers -drawn, with their eyes on the next elections to settle old scores.
However, the earlier scheduled date for the elections, which would have afforded the parties a window to test their might, has been indefinitely postponed by the Jigawa State Independent Electoral Commission, even as the tenure of the current democratic leadership at the local government level in the state drags to an end in a matter of days. In postponing the exercise, the Jigawa State Independent Electoral Commission hinted that it lacked the financial capacity to conduct the election on the scheduled date.
It also claimed that it received letters of complaint from 18 of the political parties in the state, demanding additional time to enable them to fully prepare and participate in the exercise. Read more