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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.

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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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Ganduje apologizes to Kano residents at Bayero’s memorial prayer

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Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The Kano state governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has apologized to Kano residents over the difficulties they face due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

Kano Focus reports that Mr Ganduje made the apology on Friday at a special prayer organized by the Kano Emirate Council to mark the sixth  anniversary of the death of late emir  Ado Bayero.

Mr Bayero, the 13th Fulani Emir of Kano died on June 06, 2014 having spent 51 years on the throne.

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Mr Ganduje urged Kano residents to bear with the lockdown imposed to check the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“This pandemic affects our religion, culture and even our economic and social development.

“We pray to Almighty Allah to wipe away this pandemic and see us through”. He said.

In his speech, the emir of Kano Aminu Ado Bayero urged his subjects to comply with the directives issued by the government and medical experts to stop the spread of the Coronavirus.

Mr Bayero thanked the state government for easing the lockdown and permitting the performance of congregational prayers.

The emir prayed for the soul of his late father and asked the Almighty Allah to grant the deceased residence in Paradise

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Supreme Court upholds late Bayero’s deposition of Aminu Babba

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The supreme court has on Friday affirmed Emir Ado Bayero’s decision of sacking Aminu Babba Dan’agundi as Sarkin Dawaki Maituta and District head of Gabasawa.

The judgment came six years after the death of the late monarch.

Kano Focus reports that Justice Mary Odili delivered the lead judgment based on the unanimous decision of the five justices of the Supreme Court.

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It could be recalled that, Emir Bayero had in 2003 dethroned Dan’agundi as District Head of Gabasawa and Sarkin Dawaki Maituta over alleged insubordination.

Mr Dan’agundi was accused of disobeying an order from the late emir, who invited him to appear before him.

However,  Dan’agundi dragged the late emir and Kano emirate council to a state high court for redress.

The high court judge, Sadi Mato ruled that Dan’agundi be reinstated and be paid all his entitlements.

However, the Kano Emirate Council appealed the judgment to the Court of Appeal, but the court also affirmed the verdict of the lower court.

The emirate council, again, filed an appeal at the Supreme Court challenging the judgment of the two lower courts.

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10 mourners killed in Dambatta traffic collision

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Mukhtar Yahya Usman

At least ten bus passengers and a motorcycle rider are feared dead in Dambatta town after their vehicles collided on Thursday morning.

Kano Focus reports that the incident occurred at Sha’iskawa, Dambatta  along Kazaure-Kano road at about 7:09 am.

An eye witness, Soja Maihoto Danbatta  said both vehicles caught fire and the passengers were burnt to death.

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“The motorcyclist who was carrying a jerry can of petrol crashed into the bus that was heading towards Kano.

“Both vehicles instantly caught fire.” He said.

Another eye witness Sulaiman (Holy Boy) Muhammad told Kano Focus that the passengers were from Zangon Daura, Katsina state on their way to a condolence visit in Minjibir, Kano state.

“The driver and one male passenger in the front seat jumped out of the bus while eight women and two children were burnt in the back seats.

“The motorcyclist was also burnt to death by the petrol.” He said.

Sa’idu Muhammad Ibrahim, a Principal Fire Superintendent and spokesperson Kano state fire service has confirmed the incident.

Mr Ibrahim said the fire workers had put out the fire and had taken the casualties to the Dambatta General Hospital.

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