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I’m still a PDP member–Ganduje’s commissioner

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Mukhtar Yahya Usman

Sadiq Wali, the Kano state Commissioner for Water Resources has reiterated that he is still an active member of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) despite his position in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) administration of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

KANO FOCUS reports that Mr Wali had raised eyebrows after his pictures emerged on social media platforms clutching a PDP membership card which he was said to have acquired alongside his father, Ambassador Aminu Wali, a former minister of foreign affairs and Bello Hayatu Gwarzo, a former senator.

The trio was said to have acquired the opposition membership cards last Saturday reportedly to avoid being expelled from the party for alleged anti-party activities.

The Kano PDP split

It could be recalled that the PDP in Kano state had split into two factions after the elder Wali–whose son Sadiq had attempted to contest for the 2019 governorship election in the state was–forced out of the race by Rabiu Kwankwaso, a former governor of the state, who anointed his protege, Abba Yusuf as the PDP’s candidate.

After Mr Ganduje defeated Mr Yusuf in the 2019 elections, the anti-Kwankwaso PDP faction, led by Yahaya Bagobiri visited and congratulated Mr Ganduje on his election as governor of the state.

According Mr Bagobiri, who led the delegation, their support for the APC was not against the interest of their own party.

“We did it in the open and also through the media. That our people should support governor Ganduje in his second term bid. Which we all did. What we did was simply efforts in strengthening democratic structures and principle of free and fair choice.

“With this victory Your Excellency, we can say Allah saved us, Kano and its people from that tyranny. This is what we have been yearning for Your Excellency. That was why we came in block and supported your candidature, which yields fruits at the end of the day,” Mr Bagobiri had said.

Other members of the delegation included Aminu Wali, Akilu Sani Indabawa and Bello Hayatu Gwarzo.

In his response, Mr Ganduje welcomed the opposition chieftains and invited them to participate in an “all inclusive government as a show of appreciation and respect for the harmonious working relationship between him and the ‘original PDP members’ in the state”.

‘We answered Ganduje’s call’

But in his reaction to the speculations, Mr Sadiq Wali told KANO FOCUS that he had never left the PDP even after his appointment as commissioner, noting that Mr Ganduje called them to build an inclusive government.

“It’s not good for you journalists to speculate on something that did not happen.

“When I was invited the Kano state government told us it will form an all inclusive government.

“I have never collected a membership card from any other political party apart from my own political party the PDP.

“If I wanted to join the APC it would not be a shame for me and I will announce it everywhere, but I’m not willing to do so.

“Soon after Governor Ganduje won the supreme court verdict, he reiterated that he wanted an all inclusive government. So, I don’t know why people are trying to create problems,” he said.

The commissioner however blamed the Kwankwasiyya movement (led by Mr Kwankwaso) for “bringing destruction and disintegration in the PDP”, forcing them to join the opposition APC.

“We have been maltreated by the Kwankwasiyya faction. It’s not fair to us. Now somebody has won and asked us to help him. Do you expect us to reject him,” he asked.

“I’m willing to help Governor Ganduje since he invited us to help him in his government because he has faith in me,” Mr Wali added.

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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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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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