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Ganduje to inaugurate cabinet nominees, day after nomination

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By Nasiru Yusuf

The 20 cabinet nominees whose names were submitted to the Kano State House of Assembly on Monday would take their oath of office on Tuesday–a day after their nomination by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

Kano Focus reports that soon after the submission of the list, Speaker Abdulaziz Garba Gafasa, said the screening of the commissioners-designate would begin on Tuesday.

Mr Ganduje had been criticized by many political actors for not forming a cabinet six months after he was inaugurated for a second term.

However, a statement issued by Abba Anwar, Chief Press Secretary to Mr Ganduje said the swearing-in will take place the same Tuesday at Sani Abacha Indoor Stadium, Kofar Mata, Kano, around 4 pm.

The statement advised members of the public and well wishers of all the commissioners-designate to be orderly during the event.

The speaker of the assembly Abdulazeez Gafasa read the name to the house at a plenary session on Monday.

Nine out of the 20 cabinet nominees were former commissioners in both Ganduje and Rabiu Kwankwaso’s administrations, while the remaining eleven are to serve in the state executive council for the first time.

The list also has a son of a Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain and former minister of foreign affairs Aminu Wali as well as associates of former governor of Kano Ibrahim Shekarau.

The names of the nominees are:
1. Murtala Sule Garo
2. Engr. Muazu Magaji
3. Barrister Ibrahim Muktar
4. Musa Iliyasu Kwankwaso
5. Dr. Kabiru Ibrahim Getso
6. Mohammed Garba
7. Nura Mohammed Dakadai
8. Shehu Na’Allah kura
9. Dr. Mohammed Tahir
10. Dr. Zahara’u Umar
11. Dr. Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa
12. Sadiq Aminu Wali
13. Mohammed Bappa Takai
14. Kabiru Ado Lakwaya
15. Dr. Mariya Mahmoud Bunkure
16. Ibrahim Ahmed Karaye
17. Muktar Ishaq Yakasai
18. Mahmoud Muhammad
19. Muhammad Sunusi Saidu
20. Barrister Lawan Abdullahi Musa

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Kano APC denies PDP claims of plot to change Appeal Court judges

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Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano state has denied allegations by the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) of a plan to influence the choice of Court of Appeal judges who will preside over the Kano governorship election appeal.

KANO FOCUS recalls that the PDP made the allegation in a statement issued on Sunday in Kano.

Kano state commissioner for information Muhammad Garba characterized the PDP allegations as “blatant lies intended to blackmail the Appeal Court as it clearly indicated that the opposition party is jittery, confused and afraid of possible loss at the Court”.

Mr Garba, in a statement issued on Monday alleged that the PDP usually spread lies whenever it realizes that it was about to lose an election.

He said the APC and its candidate have confidence in the outcome of the Appeal Court judgment and they are not planning to disrupt the judicial process.

He added that the Kano state government will not allow the PDP to incite violence through misguided statements.

 

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PDP accuses APC, Ganduje of plotting to change Kano guber appeal judges

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By Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of plotting to change the judges that have been already assigned to preside over the Kano state Governorship Election Appeals Panel.

Kano Focus recalls that the PDP and its candidate in Kano Abba Yusuf have filed an appeal at the Kaduna Division of the Appeal Court, after their petition challenging the victory of Mr Ganduje, was dismissed by the Kano Election Tribunal led by Justice Halima Shamaki.

In a statement on Sunday, signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP alleged that there are “plots to replace the judges with pliable ones, who have been compromised and briefed to alter justice and do the bidding of the APC and Governor Ganduje.”

“The PDP invites Nigerians to note that the sitting of the panel, which was moved from Monday, November 11 to Tuesday November 12, 2019 due to the public holiday on Monday, had been adjourned indefinitely.

“We have reports that this was due to pressure being mounted by the APC and agents of Governor Ganduje to alter the list of the judges.

“Our party has also been reliably informed that the indefinite adjournment was to enable the replacement of the already announced judges with pliable officials who will manipulate the judicial process in favour of the APC,” Mr Ologbondiyan said.

The opposition party also claimed that even before the commencement of the appeal hearing, supporters of Mr Ganduje have already started celebrating victory.

“Already, the supporters of Governor Ganduje are in jubilant mode, claiming that they have moved beyond the Court of Appeal, even when the panel is yet to commence sitting.

“Nigerians will recall that similar scenario played out during the composition of the Kano Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, when the initial judges were changed after which the judgment went in favour of Ganduje and the APC to the chagrin of the people.

“With the on-going plot by the APC, Ganduje’s supporters have been going about boasting that the Court of Appeal judges, that were already announced and expected the commence sitting on Tuesday, will be changed to suit the interest of the APC and Governor Ganduje,” the statement said.

“The PDP cautions that any change in the already listed judges could trigger tension and crisis in the state, given the demand of the people for justice.

“Our party therefore calls on the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, not to allow anybody to draw her into the arena by ensuring that the already constituted panel is not in anyway altered,” it added.

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Kano kidney patient, who sought N15m for transplant, dies

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A kidney disease patient, Mahmud Aminu Daneji who sought N15 million medical assistance for transplant in India has died.

Mr Daneji popularly known as ” Mamuda Elder” died on Sunday at the age of 46 and left behind a wife and a son.

He died while seeking N15 million assistance to enable him travel to India for kidney transplant.

His funeral prayer is scheduled to take place on Monday morning at Layin Bata, Gadon Kaya quarters in Kano city.

In an interview recently, Mr Daneji had told Kano Focus that his two kidneys failed simultaneously in 2001 after he was struck by severe hypertension.

“I used to be a very healthy and productive man before hypertension struck me down. I was living my life happily when suddenly my blood pressure shot to over 220 in March 2001,” he had said.

In October 2006, Mr Daneji had a successful kidney transplant, which worked for four years before it also failed in 2010.

He had explained that since since 2001 he had undergone more than 1,473 dialysis sessions.

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