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Kano 2019: Kwankwaso is afraid of Shekarau – Ganduje campaign



By Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The senator representing Kano Central, Mr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso is not recontesting in 2019 because he is afraid of losing to former governor Mr Ibrahim Shekarau, says the Ganduje campaign team.

Mr Muhammadu Garba, chairman publicity committee of the Ganduje gubernatorial campaign told journalists on Sunday at Karaye local governor that Kwankwaso is “a spent force who is no longer relevant politically”.

Mr Garba, who is also Kano state commissioner of information said Mr Kwankwaso “saw the writing on the wall and tactically withdrew”.

“You can recall how Shekarau dealt with him in 2003 and 2007 when he defeated him as a sitting governor and also defeated his preferred governorship candidate in the 2007 governorship elections.

“Kwankwaso’s utterances in recent times depicts that of a defeatist who is aware that he has lost touch with the realities in Kano politics.

Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso

“The depletion of his Kwankwasiyya Movement and the gale of defection by former chieftains of the Movement to our great party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) is also a pointer to the fact the former governor and his governorship candidate has already lost out even before the election.

“You are also aware that even the remnants of the Kwankwasiyya Movement who pretend to be with him are not committed to ensuring that his in-law and political godson, who he singlehandedly made the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, against the wish of the party stakeholders, smell victory at the end of the day.

“As I speak with you, we are still receiving decampees from the Kwankwasiyya and the PDP, an indication that victory is sure for His Excellency, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.”

Mr Garba added that, “the modest achievements of governor Ganduje have also intimidated Kwankwaso and his group so much that they are finding it very difficult to sell their governorship candidate.”

He therefore advised Mr Kwankwaso and the PDP to, “swallow their pride and accept defeat because the good people of Kano state have seen the light.



Kano refutes trending story on women driving ban



Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje

Nasiru Yusuf

Kano state government has described as fallacious a trending story on social media platforms on a purported plan to officially disallow women regardless of any faith from getting behind the wheel.

KANO FOCUS reports that the state commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba who made the clarification in a statement issued on Thursday, said government had at no time contemplate on the matter.

He said the story, which could not be traced to any credible source, was nothing but the imaginary thinking of the authors.

“The trending story lacks any credibility and that is why it is wholly attributed to a source that cannot be substantiated,’’ it added.

Mr Garba pointed out that if at all there was such plan, the state government does not have to be involved in any secretive meeting to decide on a critical issue that has to do its teeming populace.

The commissioner stated further that even Saudi Arabia which for decades had laws that sanctioned women from driving has, after all, lifted the ban in 2018.

He said it was interesting that some of the scholars quoted to have supported the alleged ban have already dissociated themselves from the story.

Clerics denied the story

Earlie on Wednesday, some clerics alleged to have floated the ban Salisu Shehu, Abdallah Gadonkaya and Sani Rijiyar Lemo have all refuted the story.

In a text message sent to KANO FOCUS Shehu described the story as ‘completely false and mischief.’

“It is completely false. It is a mischief. I think some wicked people are desperate about causing unnecessary confusion, controversies and disaffection among Kano Scholars,” he said.

Rijiyar Lemo alleged that the story was concocted by Shiites who were not happy with the outcome of clerics debate with controversial Kano preacher Abduljabbar Kabara.

“Our attention has been drawn to a fake news in circulation, claiming that some ulama in Kano, including my humble self, have tabled a plan to stop women from driving in the state.

“This story, in all certainty, was hatched and being peddled by some Shi’ite elements, who are not happy with the outcome of AbdulJabbar’s saga.

“You are urged to discard this false story. May the Almighty protect us from the evils of our enemies,” Rijiyar Lemo said.

Gadonkaya, on a Facebook post described the story as ‘fake news’.

“I, Abdullah Usman Umar Gadon Kaya strongly say that this is a fake news. I don’t have any hands in it. It’s the act of enemies who want to  crack peace in our dear state (Kano) and Nigeria at large,” Gadonkaya said.

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Court sends undergraduate to Prison for N1m fraud in Kano



Nosa Ekhatoro

Nasiru Yusuf

The Kano Zonal Command of the  Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC today has on Wednesday secured the conviction of one Nosa Ekhatoro before Justice Hafsat Yahaya Sani of the Kano State High Court.

KANO FOCUS reports that the convict was arraigned on a two count charge of conspiracy and theft to the tune of one million Naira.

The convict’s journey to prison started when the Commission received petition alleging that he and one Ogie (who is still at large) conspired and stole one million Naira from the bank account of the complainant through hacking.

Count two of the charge read that “You Nosa Ekhatoro on the 9th of November, 2020 at Kano within the jurisdiction of the Kano State High Court committed theft of the sum of N1, 000,000 by taking it out of the possession of Nagarba General Enterprises from his bank account domiciled in UBA and you thereby committed an offence punishable under section 287 of the Penal Code”.

The convict pleaded guilty to the two counts.

In view of his plea, counsel for the prosecution, Douglas Gift, urged the court to convict him accordingly.

Subsequently, Justice Sani convicted and sentenced the defendant to six months imprisonment with the option of N100, 000 one hundred thousand Naira fine.

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Kano experiences blackout as National grid suffers system collapse – official




Nasiru Yusuf

Nigeria’s electricity grid experienced another system collapse, an official of Kano Electricity Distribution Company, KEDCO has said.

KANO FOCUS reports that Nura Shawai, KEDCO’s head of corporate Communications said this in a statement in Kano on Wednesday.

Shawai said “This is to kindly inform the general public of another system collapse based on information available to us.

“This occurred today at 12:20 pm as the National Grid was disrupted, resulting in National blackout.

“The Grid Controllers have, however, assured that effort towards restoring supply is ongoing and will ensure speedy reconnection of Kano and other locations back to the grid once the fault is fixed.”

According to him KEDCO regret any inconveniences this might have caused it’s numerous customers.

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