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



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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Photo News: Emir Sanusi visits Sultan of Sokoto



Aminu Abdullahi

The former Emir of Kano has on Monday paid a courtesy visit to Sultan of Sokoto Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar lll.

Kano Focus reports that the pictures of the visit were published on a Facebook page linked to former Emir named ‘Sanusi ll Dynasty’.

Though the reason of the visit was not stated, but the former Emir has paid similar visit to Lamido of Adamawa in his capacity as leader of Tijjaniyya sect in Nigeria.

Emir Muhammad Sanusi ll

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Kano to revive bilateral relationship with Pakistan



Aminu Abdullahi

Kano State Government has expressed commitment to revive the long existing relationship with Pakistan.

KANO FOCUS reports that Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje gave the assurance on monday while receiving the Pakistani High Commissioner to Nigeria Muhammad Tayyab Azam at the Government House.

Ganduje represented by his deputy Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna said Kano endowed with lots of potentials is open for people to come and invest, particularly those from Pakistan.

“We are happy for showing commitment towards reviving the long relationship between us. I can remember the partnership we have in the engagement of Pakistani teachers in our schools which has yielded a lot today.”

“Even in the area of agricultural mechanization we have partnered with Pakistan especially in the supply of tractors to our farmers,therefore I feel if we continue to explore agriculture it will be beneficial to both Kano and Pakistan”.

The Governor also commended Pakistan for showing interest in reviving the bilateral relationship with Kano State.

In his remarks the Pakistani High Commissioner Muhammad Tayyab Azam described the visit to Kano as historic and important being the first state he visited since assuming office.

“I know the importance of Kano as hub of business in Nigeria, after Lagos Kano is next where there is business opportunity”.

“There was a time in Kano when most schools   have many Pakistani aim is to bring back that relationship”.

He however pointed out that Kano and Pakistan have similarities in both values and culture therefore it is important to deepen the relationship so as to sustain the partnership in  the areas of health and agriculture as that will create opportunities for our people towards boosting the economy.

The High Commissioner was accompanied during the visit by Pakistani Consul General in Kano Ahmed Ibrahim Yakasai.

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ACF revives Kano chapter



Aminu Abdullahi

The Arewa Consultative Forum ( ACF) has resuscitated it Kano State chapter and nominated a 14- member Interim Executive Committee to run its affairs for the next six months.

Kano Focus reports that the Forum has mandated the new leadership to organise a general congress that may elect a new council.

A statement issued on Monday by the publicity secretary of the Forum Bello Sani Galadanchi reported that at the inaugural ceremony presided by a member of ACF Board of Trustees, Halliru Akilu, the non- partisan voluntary organization also nominated delegates to its National Executive Committee ( NEC) engagements.

Akilu, a retired Brigadier- General, tasked the new leadership to work in unity, and restore all ACF organs and activities for the betterment of our society.

He stressed that the ACF which is apolitical, believes in the unity of the country, but aspires to see the glory of the north restored, and the economic fortunes of the region tapped for the greater benefit of our people and the nation as a whole.

In his acceptance speech, the new Chairman of the ACF Interim Committee, NaShehu Hassan Abubakar thanked the congregation for finding him worthy of the enormous responsibility.

Abubakar, a retired Air Vice Marshall (AVM) assured the ACF National body and people of Kano State of his determination to steer the ship creditably, selflessly and in strict compliance with ACF desire to improve the lot of our people, as well as agitate for their rights.

Other committee members nominated at the ceremony include Aishatu Yakubu Maijama’a (Deputy Chairperson); Shehu Aliyu (Vice- Chairman); Muhammad Mustapha Yahaya (Secretary); Sani Bala Tela (Assistant Secretary); Rabia Hussein Adamu (Treasurer); and Mairo Bello (Assistant Treasurer).

Others   are Mahadi Sadiq Abubakar, (Financial Secretary);  Hafsat Namadi Bebeji (Assistant Financial Secretary); Bello Sani Galadanchi (Publicity Secretary); Tanimu Ibrahim Getso (Assistant  Publicity Secretary); Kabir Mukhtar (Legal Adviser); Muhammad Kabir Haruna (Assistant Legal Adviser); and Azimi Namadi Bebeji (Auditor).

The inaugural ceremony attracted Youth and Women wings of the ACF whose members were nominated into both the executive committee and the NEC.

Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) is apolitical and socio-cultural association of leaders in Northern Nigeria formed in 2000 to protect Northern interest in the political scene.

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