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We are not threatened by defections – Kwankwasiyya



The Kwankwasiyya political movement says it is not threatened by the exodus of major stakeholders from its fold.

Spokesperson of the movement Sanusi Surajo Kwankwaso told KANO TODAY in an exclusive interview that the defectors are “celebrity political prostitutes” without grassroot support.

It could be recalled that on Thursday former Kano state deputy governor, Hafizu Abubakar, former Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority Aminu Dabo, former APC national treasurer Bala Gwagwarwa, Former Kwankwaso Commissioner Idris Dambazau, as well as former Special Assistant to president Goodluck Jonathan, Muazu Magaji have rejoined the APC after forsaking Kwankwasiyya.

Sanusi Kwankwaso who is the acting Kano state organizing secretary of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) said the party is sure to win the 2019 elections in the state due its wide support among ordinary voters.

He said when three people defect to the ruling All Peoples’ Congress (APC), thousands more are trooping to join the PDP.

He added that even though former governor Ibrahim Shekarau has left the PDP to APC his grassroots mobilisers such as Salisu Gwangwazo ‘Alhajin Baba’, Ali Datti Yako, Dankaka bebeji, Surajo Dala, Tukur Fagge, and Garba Umar Fammar are still in the party.

“The difference is that Ganduje is using money and positions to woo politicians while ordinary voters are joining Kwankwasiyya due to the legacies of the Rabiu Kwankwaso government in Kano,” he said.

“Ganduje has cancelled free education and school feeding initiated by the Kwankwaso administration and diverted the money to fund his 2019 campaign election,” he alleged.

Sanusi Kwankwaso said that the so-called political bigwigs were in the fold of Kwankwasiyya when the movement lost elections in 2003 and 2007, adding that the secret to winning elections is acceptance among voters rather than the allegiance of top shots.

He cited the cases of Danbatta and Nassarawa constitutencies were Kwankwasiyya lost elections even though Aminu Dabo and Bala Gwagwarwa were there.

Kwankwaso was fair

He also debunked the claim made by the defectors that they left  Kwankwasiyya due to unfair practices in the process of selecting a selecting the Kano state gubernatorial candidate of the PDP.

“Kwankwaso called all major Kwankwasiyya stakeholders and asked them to nominate a candidate but they refused and told him that they were willing to abide by his decision,” he said.

He added that had former deputy governor Hafizu Abubakar agreed to contest for Kano central senatorial zone, Abba Kabir Yusuf wouldn’t have emerged as the gubernatorial candidate since they are from the same local government area.

Sanusi Surajo Kwankwaso said Kano citizens are the final arbiters and will show their support by casting their ballots for PDP candidates in the 2019 elections.

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Gov. Abba Kabir Urges Security Agencies to Quell Thuggery in Kano



Kano State Governor, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, has beseeched security agencies operating within the state to promptly bring an end to Thuggery and other malevolent activities that are disrupting peace in specific areas of the Kano metropolis.

The Governor gives this directives at the commencement of the 15th weekly meeting of the Kano State Executive Council held at the Government House.

This was contained in a statement issued by the governor’s spokesperson, Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, on Saturday.

Governor Abba Kabir expressed disapproval of the recent upsurge in Thuggery and clashes involving Yan daba, affirming that the government will not passively observe while unscrupulous elements endanger the relative tranquility and harmony enjoyed by the law-abiding citizens of the state.

He reiterated that under his administration, the state government is diligently collaborating with relevant security agencies to ensure the safety and security of the populace and their possessions at all times.

Furthermore, Governor Abba Kabir cautioned Judges against the unwarranted release of thugs, emphasizing the threat they pose to the welfare of the state’s residents and stressing the importance of prompt and equitable dispensation of justice.

Alhaji Abba Kabir also instructed security agencies to strictly adhere to their mandated duty of safeguarding the lives and properties of the citizens they serve, warning against involvement in matters beyond their designated responsibilities.

He implored the populace in the state to continue with their lawful pursuits, assuring that the government will persevere in its commitment to ensuring their protection, and requested ongoing support and cooperation for the current administration.

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Emirate Tussle: Prof. Yadudu Faults Justice Liman’s Ruling, Says Judgement not Helpful For The Judicial Process




Reacting to the ruling, renowned constitutional lawyer, Professor Auwalu Yadudu, told Daily Trust that the judge’s pronouncements were strange and baffling by approbating and reprobating in the same breath.

He said the development was not helpful for the judicial process, stressing that the judge assuming jurisdiction on the fundamental human rights aspect and refusing the same on the validity of the substance of the case–the Kano emirates law–has “muddled up the case, and it is very unbecoming of a judge who has now been elevated to the Court of Appeal”.

Professor Yadudu clarified that while he was not accusing the judge of any impropriety, the pronouncements were unbecoming. “How can you say the actions taken in pursuant of a law are set aside, and then say you are not delving into the validity of the said law?” he queried.
Prof. Yadudu said further that the judge had more or less held that he lacked jurisdiction on the issue by transferring the case to another judge, but still went ahead to set aside the governor’s actions.

He said that the ex-parte order should no longer be of any currency because it is being challenged at the Appeal Court, and the judge himself admitted knowledge of this by granting a stay of proceedings and also deciding not to grant an order to nullify the law.

“All these are avoidable. It is not helpful for the judicial process. It is strange and doesn’t speak well of the judge. The question of whether the governor’s actions came before and after the exparte order is a question of fact or evidence. It seems from the record that the order came after,” he said.

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Governing council: ASUU BUK rejects Gawuna’s appointment, favours Udoma’s return



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim



The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Bayero University Kano, BUK chapter during the weekend rejected the appointment of Kano top flight politician, Dr Nasiru Gawuna into the Governing Council of the second generation tertiary Institution.


KANO FOCUS reports that the Chairperson, Prof. Ibrahim Tajo Suraj said that the process that led to the appointment of politicians into the Governing Council of the nation’s citadel of learning contravened the relevant laws that guided such appointment.


Addressing newsmen in its secretariat, Comrade Siraj explained that “I must admit that we are not happy over the decision of the federal government to appoint hard core politicians into the Governing Council.


Prof. Siraj stressed that “the criteria for such appointments is explicitly clear, as it favoured the appointment of technocrats, academic to the Council”.


The Chairperson maintained that the sack of former Council with a constitutional mandate of

4 years tenure, after one year in office was a rape on the rule of law.


He therefore called on the federal government to reinstate Senator Udo Udoma led Governing Council to complete their term in the interests of the rule of law


Siraj stressed that “the scenario is just like sacking an executive governor of a state after just one in office, and you went ahead to assume that all is normal, no, this is rape on the rule of law.”


Ibrahim Tajo Suraj, earlier had led (ASUU), Bayero University Kano branch, on a peaceful protest on Friday demanding the federal government to pay their entitlements and implement the 2009 ASUU/FG Agreement.


Prof. Ibrahim Tajo Suraj, said the action was in compliance with the directive by the national body to all its branches to organize protests within their campuses on account of the federal government’s failure to pay their entitlements.

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