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‘He has derailed’–Rabiu Bichi attacks Kwankwaso, after meeting Ganduje

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Nazifi Dawud

Rabiu Sulaiman Bichi, the immediate past chairman of the Peoples Democratic  Party (PDP) in Kano state, has formalized his divorce with the opposition party by launching a stinging attack on his former boss–Rabiu Musa Kwankwakso and his Kwankwasiyya movement.

Mr Bichi, had left the PDP and joined the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday– just two days after the Supreme Court dismissed a petition filed by the state governorship candidate Abba Yusuf, challenging the victory of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje in the 2019 election.

A former commissioner and secretary to the state government, Mr Bichi was one of the staunch loyalists of Mr Kwankwaso for more than a decade.

KANO FOCUS reports that the former PDP chairman defected from the party alongside Binta Rabiu Spikin, Mr Kwankwaso’s spokesperson and Tijjani Dambazau, leader of the youth wing of Kwankwasiyya movement in the state.

In a ceremony held at the Kano Government House to receive the defectors, Mr Bichi offered his head for Governor Abdullahi Ganduje to remove his red cap–a gesture that symbolizes his exit from both the PDP and Kwankwasiyya movement.

“We are today answering the call of President Muhammadu Buhari and governor Abdullahi Ganduje for an inclusive government,” Mr Bichi declared in his speech, according to a statement by Abba Anwar, the governor’s chief press secretary.

“We believe in governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’s genuine commitment in developing our dear state, that was why when he invited all other opposition elements to come and join hands with him in moving the state forward we have resolved to come forward and contribute in developing the state,” he added.

‘Kwankwaso has derailed’

Explaining his reason for defecting, the former opposition leader said he answered Mr Ganduje’s call on opposition members to join his government, adding that “something is fundamentally wrong with the Kwankwasiyya movement.”

“Myself and His Excellency governor Ganduje were the brains behind the formation and nurturing of Kwankwasiyya group within the larger PDP family then.

“We grew it up and we used our intellect to make it what it is today. So when we abandoned that, it is a clear indication that there is something fundamentally wrong with it. Other followers, who are yet to grasp the reality should take serious note. Former governor Kwankwaso has derailed completely,” Mr Bichi said.

In his response, Mr Ganduje assured the PDP defectors of his resolve to carry them along in the development of the state.

The governor, also accused Mr Kwankwaso of selfishness in their relationship, boasting that  “I am the Encyclopedia and Dictionary of knowing Kwankwaso.”

“For this, I cannot compare him with anybody in terms of self-centredness. He knows nobody but himself, in whatever he is doing,” Mr Ganduje added.

He also alleged that the former governor’s “great ordeal” is to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.

“This was what informed all his decisions in cross carpeting to different political parties at different intervals. We are aware of his plan to now come back to APC, our great party.

“Because he thinks he has a chance when President Muhammadu Buhari completes his second tenure come 2023. So we are all watching him and we are waiting for him,” the governor said.

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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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