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

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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.

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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.

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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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