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Kiru-Bebeji polls: We did our best to help Kofa–Abdullahi Abbas

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Mukhtar Yahya Usman

Abdullahi Abbas, chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kano chapter has said the party did its best to help its candidate, Abdulmumin Jibrin Kofa, win the by-election in his Kiru-Bebeji constituency but voters rejected him.

KANO FOCUS reports that Mr Kofa was defeated by his main rival Datti Ahmed Yako of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the polls which held last Saturday.

Declaring the results, the returning officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Abdullahi Arabi said Yako scored 48,601 votes to defeat Kofa who pulled 13,507 votes.

Speaking on the outcome of the election, Mr Kofa said he had accepted the results, even though he had alleged that the exercise was characterized by violence, rigging and other irregularities.

But in an exclusive interview with KANO FOCUS, Mr Abbas said APC leaders in the state had campaigned vigorously for Mr Kofa in all the “nooks and crannies” of Kiru and Bebeji local government areas but people didn’t want him to return.

‘Architect of his own failure’

“He brought his failure upon himself. He knelt before us because he wanted us to help him win the election.

“He wanted us to beg people because he has created a lot of problems in his constituency during the years he had represented them,” Mr Abbas said.

“We tried our best with the Kano state governor (Abdullahi Umar Ganduje), we entered all the nooks and crannies in Kiru and Bebeji to ask people’s forgiveness and beg them to vote for him.  That’s why he got even little vote he scored, but I assure you his people don’t want him to return,” he added.

‘Democracy, not anti-party’

The party chairman also dismissed allegations that the APC stalwarts in the state ganged up against the former lawmaker over his alleged support for Mr Ganduje’s opponent Abba Yusuf during the 2019 governorship polls.

“We just exercised democracy and allowed people to vote for who they want. This shows you we  are democratic people.

“Sincerely speaking we are unhappy for losing the constituency, but we cannot force people to vote for somebody they don’t like,” Mr Abbas 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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