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

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Abba Ganduje

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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TCN creates Kano transmission region

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Nasiru Yusuf

THE Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has carved out a new Kano transmission region from the old Kaduna Region. 

KANO FOCUS reports that the newly established unit brings the number of TCN regional centres to 10.

The TCN believes the step will improve commercial activities in the state.

A statement issued by TCN General manager of Public Affairs Ndidi Mbah explained that the creation of the Kano Transmission Region became necessary owing to the rapid economic and industrial development being witnessed within Kano State and its environs, as well as the gradual implementation of TCN’s strategic ‘Nigerian Electricity Grid Maintenance, Expansion and Rehabilitation Programme (NEGMERP),’ which has enabled the transmission company to complete some ongoing projects and increase the number of substations within that axis.

He said the  Kano Transmission Region had, under its supervision, one sub-regional office and several work centers, all housing 13 transmission substations (TS), including the Kumbotso TS, Dan Agundi TS, Dakata TS, Tamburawa TS, Kwanar Dangora TS, Wudil TS, Kankia TS, Katsina TS, Daura TS, Dutse TS, Hadejia TS, Azare TS, and Gagarawa TS.

The new Kano region currently according to the statement has ongoing transmission substation projects which when completed would further increase bulk transmission capacity in the new region.

The new Kano Transmission Region, the company said, would deepen operational efficiency within the region and enable its engineers to readily access and resolve technical issues within the new region.

Mbah explained that prior to the creation of the new Kano Region, major decisions had to be referred to Kaduna Region for directives, and the supply of materials was sometimes delayed due to logistic issues from Kaduna.

Mbah noted that the proximity of the new region would radically reduce downtime and eliminate time lost when materials had to be conveyed from the Kaduna Region.

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DSS arrests singer accuse of blasphemy

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Department of State Services have arrested another blasphemous singer, Ahmad Abdul, whose song was perceived to create chaos in Kano state.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Singer Ahmad Abdul was detained by the DSS because his free movement may likely cause violence reaction from Kano residents.

While in detention, Mr Abdul tender apology to entire Muslims, Kano state government and Islamic Scholars.

He told DSS operatives that he never thought that the song has violated Islamic teachings.

Commenting while witnessing the bail condition granted to Mr Abdul at the DSS Headquarters, Kano, the Executive Secretary of the Kano state Censorship Board Ismaila Naaba Afakallah recalled that he had received hundreds of petitions against the song from concerned citizens.

Afakallah said having realized the gravity of the song’s blasphemy, he reported the singer to DSS who swung into action and arrested him at a Hotel where he was hiding for days.

Mr Abdul Father, Abdullahi Isa thanked the DSS for their timely response on the matter which saved possible outbreak of law and order.

Also in August last year, An upper Sharia court in the Hausawa Filin Hockey area of the state has found one Yahaya Sharif-Aminu guilty of committing blasphemy for a song he circulated via WhatsApp.

However, the appellate division of the High Court of Kano State had on January 21 quashed the death sentence passed on Mr Sharif-Aminu and freed him.

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I’ll not run for President – Muhammadu Sanusi II

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Deposed Emir Sanusi

Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The deposed Emir of Kano Malam Muhammadu Sunusi II says he is not interested in contesting for the presidency of Nigeria.

Kano Focus reports that Mr Sunusi revealed this at a Tijjnaniyya zikir held in Abuja on Thursday.

Muhammadu Sanusi said his current position as Tijjaniyya Khalifa in Nigeria is superior to the presidency.

The deposed Emir however said he is ready to help those he believe in their competence to win elections without his participation in politics.

“If we trust a candidate is out to serve the people, we will come out and help them.

“That is not joining politics but a civic duty to the nation and its citizens” Mr. Sanusi said.

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