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Kano Governorship Tribunal: PDP, APC, INEC submit final written addresses ahead of judgement

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By Nasiru Yusuf

The respondents in the Kano governorship election tribunal–the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC),  the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate Governor Abdullahi Ganduje have adopted their written final addresses ahead of judgement due in a few weeks.

Also, the petitioners– the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and it’s candidate Abba Kabir-Yusuf have also adopted their response on written addresses.

During Wednesday’s proceeding, Counsels to Mr Ganduje, Ofiong Ofiong, APC, Alex Enziyon and that of INEC Mr Raji had unanimously requested the Tribunal to dismiss the case as the counsel to the petitioners did not prove their claims.

However, counsel to PDP and its governorship candidate Kanu Agabi cited a point of reference from the content of INEC final written address, that the electoral umpire proven the petitioners claim of conducting a free, fair and credible election on the 9th of March, 2019.

Mr Agabi stressed that INEC had admitted in its final address that the PDP candidate was leading with lawful votes and that results were collated and announced.

According to him, INEC later decided to cancel 207 polling units which is contrary to the provision of the law.

“INEC has announced the result of the 9th March, so to us this case is very simple, all we pray from the honourable Tribunal is the declaration of a winner based on the lawful votes cast, which is the PDP candidate Engr. Abba K Yusuf as contained in our evidence number one, a certified true copy of the state collation result sheet issued by the INEC itself,” Mr Agabi argued.

The chairman of the Tribunal Justice Halima Shamaki Muhammad reserved judgment and adjourned the sitting to a later date to be communicated to the parties involved.

Kano Focus reports that from Wednesday 18 September, 2019 the tribunal has a maximum of 23 days to deliver its judgement on the suit filed by PDP and its candidate Mr Kabir-Yusuf against the declaration of Mr Ganduje as Kano State Governor.

 

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Kano International Trade Fair kicks off on Saturday

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The 2020 Kano International Trade Fair organized by Kano Chamber of Commerce, Mines, Industry and Agriculture (KACCIMA) has kicked off on Saturday at the Trade Fair Complex,  Zoo road, Kano.

speaking at the opening ceremony, Kano State governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje said his administration is committed towards making Kano the most commercial viable centre among the 36 states of the federation.

Represented by his Deputy Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, the governor explained that the state has embarked on several projects to attract more investors from within and outside the country.

“Our administration as part of its dire need to change the outlook of markets and also to enable them compete favourably with international markets came up with the idea of ‘Yan Tebura Mall at Kantin Kwari Market which is one of its kind in the whole Northern Nigeria.

“The cumulative effects of this project will be economic growth manifested in employment opportunities, job creation and income diversification thereby reducing poverty,” Mr Ganduje said.

He pointed out that despite security challenges bedevilling the Northern part of the country, his administration is not relenting its commitment to make Kano one of the safest destinations.

Mr Ganduje commended KACCIMA for organising the Trade Fair, describing the feat as indication of shrewdness and commitment of members to make Kano a role model in commerce and industry.

In his remarks, the Minister Of Trade Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo represented by Tukur Muhammad said the theme of this year’s fair ‘Promoting the growth of micro,small and medium scale enterprises for Nigeria’s accelerated industrial development’ is in tandem with Federal Government’s commitment to its mandate of boosting the growth of micro, small and medium enterprises to ensure that their products meet the acceptable global standards.

He applauded the effort of the State Government and KACCIMA for creating a conducive environment for business activities in Kano despite the economic  challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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PDP challenges Ganduje to constitute #EndSARS panel

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Nasiru Yusuf

The 2019 Kano state deputy governorship candidate of People Democratic Party PDP, Aminu Abdussalam has slammed Governor Abdullahi Ganduje for not constituting panel of inquiry to investigate police brutality in the state.

Mr Abdussalam was speaking on Friday at a Press Conference on failure of Kano state government to constitute panel of inquiry to investigate police brutality and alleged destruction of historical monuments in the state.

He recalled that, amidst #EndSARS protest, president Muhammad Buhari has directed all governors to set up panel of inquiry to investigate police brutality in their respective states, but none was established in Kano.

According to him 31 states of the federation have since constituted such panel of inquiry in compliance with presidential directive.

“You may wish to recall that #EndSARS aftermath necessitated federal government to direct all state governments to constitute panel of inquiry to investigate police brutality and ascertain the level of damages to the victims.

“But to our dismay and unfortunately as I am speaking to you right now, no such panel was established by Ganduje administration in Kano state. While 31 states have already kick started the investigation of police brutality.

” This has led us to raise question whether there is any police brutality in Kano, or any reported killing by the police as it happened in Sharada and other places. It appears the APC led government is feeling that Kano people does not deserved such attention,” Mr Abdussalam said.

Condemned Plan of Selling Kano Zoo

Mr Abdussalam also challenged Mr Ganduje’s plan of relocating Kano Zoological Garden to Bagauda, Bebeji Local government area, about 50 kilometres from Kano metropolis.

He said instead of consolidating on Kwankwaso’s policy of establishment of zoological garden in each of the senatorial district, the governor is closing the first Zoo in the state.

” It is also very sad to note that policies initiated by immediate past administration to establish one zoological  garden per senatorial zone is now being reversed by Ganduje administration.

“A recent announcement by the governor through one of his commissioners that the only zoological garden situated in Kano central would be moved to another place.

” Instead of completing the one initiated by Kwankwaso administration at Bagauda, and establishing another one in Kano North, the governor is to say the least going in anti-clockwise direction.”

“In view of this we are calling the attention of government and other well meaning citizens of the state and individual involved in grabbing public land to desist from this merciless act.

” All these grabs of the public land are only for the benefit of few individuals, and more like a family affair.

“In the event however, that Ganduje continue to destroy these historical monument and strategic public properties, we will remain with no option, than to diligently pursue lawful means and engaging public protest in order to solve this disaster.

The politician described as setback auctioning public properties to individuals in Kano state.

“You may recall that Kano state government has been selling public properties such as Gidan Zoo, Daula Hotel, Triumph Publishing Company, Eid ground, Kofar Mata, Panshekara Modern Abattoir, some part of Fagge Juma’at Mosque, Hajj Camp and Shahuci Motor Park to individuals for personal gains through non-transparent and unconstitutional means that are hitherto being used for the benefit of all.

“The action if this inept, clueless and incompetent government, whose desire is only to milk public fund is a clear sign of setback to Kano state in particular and the nation at large,” Mr Abdussalam said.

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NHRC receives 1,000 gender based violence complaints in Kano 

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The Kano Zonal Office of National Human Rights Commission says it has received over 1000 complains of Gender Based Violence between January to November this year.

Kano Focus reports that the Kano Zonal Coordinator of the Commission Shehu Abdullahi disclosed this when he paid a courtesy visit to Kano State Chief Judge Nura Sagir in his office.

He said the aim of the visit was to sought for the Chief Judge collaboration on the 16 days of activism embarked by the commission to end the gender based violence in Kano and Nigeria at large.

Mr Shehu pointed out that the number of gender based violence in Kano risen to over 1000 despite lockdown period which restricted public from movement.

He explained that 80 percent of the cases emanated from neglect of parental responsibility, paternity denial and other harmful act against women.

He called on the Justice Sector to ensure accelerated trial is adopt in gender based violence cases with a view to curtailed the menace.

He also urged Justice Sector to ensure the full implementation of Administration of Criminal Justice Law in punishing the culprit of Gender Based Violence.

In his response, the chief Judge of Kano state Nura Sagir said gender based violence is a global pandemic despite daily preaching and sensitisation by religious leaders and civil society organizations.

The Kano state Chief Judge stressed that gender based violence in on the increase considering the number of cases adjudicating in court.

Also in their separate remarks Justices of Kano state High Court Maryam Sabo and Zuwaira Yusuf said to overcome the menace relevant stakeholders need to put their hands on deck with the view to curtailed the violence.

Mrs called on ministry of Justice to avoid delay in the provision of legal advice.

She stated that legal advice shall be issued within 40 days as provided by Administration of Criminal Justice Act of Kano State.

Kano Focus reports that the 16 days Activism is reserved on every November 25 to create awareness and advocacy through series of activities with the aimed of bringing to the end of gender based violence.

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