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Just in: Crisis rocks Kano assembly, as members impeach majority leader

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Nasiru Yusuf

Members of the Kano State House of Assembly have removed the House Majority Leader Labaran Abdul Madari over his alleged opposition to a motion supported by the entire legislature.

KANO FOCUS reports that Mr Madari, who was removed on Wednesday during plenary, was subsequently replaced by his deputy Kabiru Hassan-Dashi.

The impeachment notice against Mr Madari was moved by the member representing Bunkure local government in the house, Uba Gurjiya on behalf of 22 out of 28 members of All Progressive Congress (APC).

Mr Gurjiya was sworn in on Tuesday during the plenary session presided over by the Speaker, Abdulazeez Garba-Gafasa following his victory during the recent rerun elections in the state.

According to him, the decision to remove the majority leader followed the acceptance of 23 out of the 28 APC members in the 40-member legislature. The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has 12 members in the Assembly.

The motion was immediately seconded by another APC member representing Bagwai/Shanono, Ali Shanono.

Following the adoption of the motion, the legislators unanimously adopted the motion and called on the majority leader to step aside.

After the removal of the majority leader, another APC member representing Sumaila Constituency, Hamza Masu nominated the deputy majority Mr Dashi to be elected as the majority leader.

The nomination was seconded by some of the members and adopted by the assembly.

Although the members did not mention any specific reason for the replacement of Mr Madari but the former majority leader had a confrontation with his colleagues during the last plenary when he vehemently opposed the nomination of a local government education secretary supported by the entire house.

As at the time of filing this report, the house has gone into a closed-door session to discuss the Kano State Education Development Support (Establishment ) bill as moved by the new majority leader Mr Hassan-Dashi and seconded by Ali Shanono, member representing Shanono local government in the house.

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AIG orders investigation of Policeman seen voting in Kano APC Congress

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Aminu Abdullahi

The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone Abubakar Sadiq Bello has ordered the investigation of unprofessional conduct of a policeman caught on camera voting during state congress of All progressive Congress (APC) in Kano.

KANO FOCUS reportsthat in view of the unprofessional conduct of the policeman, the AIG has referred the matter to the Zonal X-Squad for investigation.

A statement issued on Monday by Zonal Police Public Relations Officer Abubakar Zayyanu identified the police officer as Bashir Mohammed attached to the government house, Kano, from where he was deployed to work with the state Chairman of APC Abdullahi Abbas as a security aide.

Mr Zayyanu noted that if the inspector is found to have committed an offence by this action, the appropriate disciplinary measure will be taken against him.

He further assured the general public that further development on the matter will be communicated.

The statement reads in part.

“The attention of the Inspector-General of Police Zone one Headquarters, Kano has been drawn to a trending picture on social media, of an inspector of police casting vote at the recently conducted Kano State congress of the APC along with his principal, the state party chairman, Abdullahi Abbas.

“The inspector of police has been identified as Bashir Mohammed of the Special Protection Unit, Base One, Kano. The inspector is attached to the government house, Kano from where he was deployed to work with the said Abdullahi Abbas as a security aide.

“In view of this seemingly unprofessional conduct of the inspector, the AIG has referred the matter to the Zonal X-Squad for investigation.

“If the inspector is found to have committed a disciplinary offence by this action, the appropriate disciplinary measure will be taken against him.

“Finally,  we want assure members of the public that further development on the matter will be communicated please.”

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EFCC Grills Rabiu Kwankwaso

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Saturday grilled former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso over allegations of abuse of office, diversion of public funds and fraudulent allocation of government properties to cronies.

KANO FOCUS reports that Kwankwaso, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, was first invited by the EFCC in September but failed to honour the invitation as reported by Channels TV.

An associate of the politician informed Channels Television that Kwankwanso may have been invited in relation to a petition by some retired employees of the Kano State Government.

The retired employees had told the EFCC that the former governor mismanaged pension remittances to the tune of N10 billion between 2011 and 2015, to fund a housing project for his cronies.

EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren did not comment on the interrogation of the former governor when contacted on Saturday.

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Crisis rocks Kano APC as Ganduje, Shekarau hold parallel Congress

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Aminu Abdullahi

Crisis rocked Kano chapter of All Progressive Congress (APC), as Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and faction loyal to former governor of Kano and serving Senator Ibrahim Shekarau held parallel state congress.

KANO FOCUS reports that while Ganduje group held their congress at Sani Abacha stadium, faction loyal to Shekarau had their own at Janguza town, Tofa local government area.

Ganduje’s led group endorsed Abdullahi Abbas as state chairman of APC for a second term in a consensus arrangement, while the faction loyal to Shekarau announced Ahmadu Haruna Zago as newly elected chairman of APC in Kano state.

Reports shows that the security have earlier disrupted Shekarau’s camp congress at Sani Abacha youth centre and sealed the premises before they moved to Janguza where they held the election.

Below are some pictures of the parallel Congress.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje while voting at Sani Abacha stadium

 

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje with APC chieftains

 

Delegates at Sani Abacha stadium

Ballot box

Factional chairman of Kano APC Ahmadu Haruna Zago

Ahmadu Haruna Zago and Abdilkadir Jobe

APC factional congress at Janguza

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