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Kano gov’t behind moves to challenge our ward congresses in court–PDP Kwankwassiya



Abubakar Abdulkadir Dangambo

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Kano chapter has accused the Kano state government of sponsoring those who are trying to challenge the outcome of it’s just concluded ward congresses in the state.

KANO FOCUS reports that the PDP faction loyal to former Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso on Tuesday held congresses in the 484 wards across the 44 local government areas of the state.

The congresses, which were headed by Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa state, were held despite a court order issued by a Kano high court presided over by Justice Aisha Ibrahim Mahmoud.

The court order, with suit No K/149/2020, was granted after a motion ex-parte against the congresses was filed by the trio of Musa Ashiru, Adamu Yusuf and Kabiru Ibrahim.

However, in an interview with our correspondent on Wednesday, Sanusi Sirajo Kwankwaso, organizing secretary of the party alleged that some agents of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) were attempting to challenge the outcome of the congresses in court.

Mr Kwankwaso said “it’s abnormal for someone not a party member to interfere in other party’s affairs, because those trying to challenge the election outcome are APC members with occupying big positions in Kano government.”

He also denied knowledge of any court order directing the party to maintain status quo before the congresses were held.

Mr Kwankwaso denied allegations that the PDP Kwankwasiyya excluded the other PDP faction loyal to Ambassador Aminu Wali from the congresses by changing the date of the election from Saturday to Tuesday.

He explained that the National Headquarters of PDP is “fully aware of all the happenings in Kano PDP.”

But in his response, chairman of Kano APC, Abdullahi Abbas, described the allegations as “propaganda and baseless”, noting that he and Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje were in Abuja attending to others issues and didn’t have time to interfere in the affairs of the opposition party.

Reacting to allegations of using some government officials who are PDP members to destroy the party, the chairman, said the government can work with anybody regardless of his party for the progress of Kano.


TCN creates Kano transmission region



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



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



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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