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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.

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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Photo News: Emir Sanusi visits Sultan of Sokoto

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Aminu Abdullahi

The former Emir of Kano has on Monday paid a courtesy visit to Sultan of Sokoto Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar lll.

Kano Focus reports that the pictures of the visit were published on a Facebook page linked to former Emir named ‘Sanusi ll Dynasty’.

Though the reason of the visit was not stated, but the former Emir has paid similar visit to Lamido of Adamawa in his capacity as leader of Tijjaniyya sect in Nigeria.

Emir Muhammad Sanusi ll

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Kano to revive bilateral relationship with Pakistan

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Aminu Abdullahi

Kano State Government has expressed commitment to revive the long existing relationship with Pakistan.

KANO FOCUS reports that Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje gave the assurance on monday while receiving the Pakistani High Commissioner to Nigeria Muhammad Tayyab Azam at the Government House.

Ganduje represented by his deputy Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna said Kano endowed with lots of potentials is open for people to come and invest, particularly those from Pakistan.

“We are happy for showing commitment towards reviving the long relationship between us. I can remember the partnership we have in the engagement of Pakistani teachers in our schools which has yielded a lot today.”

“Even in the area of agricultural mechanization we have partnered with Pakistan especially in the supply of tractors to our farmers,therefore I feel if we continue to explore agriculture it will be beneficial to both Kano and Pakistan”.

The Governor also commended Pakistan for showing interest in reviving the bilateral relationship with Kano State.

In his remarks the Pakistani High Commissioner Muhammad Tayyab Azam described the visit to Kano as historic and important being the first state he visited since assuming office.

“I know the importance of Kano as hub of business in Nigeria, after Lagos Kano is next where there is business opportunity”.

“There was a time in Kano when most schools   have many Pakistani teachers..my aim is to bring back that relationship”.

He however pointed out that Kano and Pakistan have similarities in both values and culture therefore it is important to deepen the relationship so as to sustain the partnership in  the areas of health and agriculture as that will create opportunities for our people towards boosting the economy.

The High Commissioner was accompanied during the visit by Pakistani Consul General in Kano Ahmed Ibrahim Yakasai.

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ACF revives Kano chapter

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Aminu Abdullahi

The Arewa Consultative Forum ( ACF) has resuscitated it Kano State chapter and nominated a 14- member Interim Executive Committee to run its affairs for the next six months.

Kano Focus reports that the Forum has mandated the new leadership to organise a general congress that may elect a new council.

A statement issued on Monday by the publicity secretary of the Forum Bello Sani Galadanchi reported that at the inaugural ceremony presided by a member of ACF Board of Trustees, Halliru Akilu, the non- partisan voluntary organization also nominated delegates to its National Executive Committee ( NEC) engagements.

Akilu, a retired Brigadier- General, tasked the new leadership to work in unity, and restore all ACF organs and activities for the betterment of our society.

He stressed that the ACF which is apolitical, believes in the unity of the country, but aspires to see the glory of the north restored, and the economic fortunes of the region tapped for the greater benefit of our people and the nation as a whole.

In his acceptance speech, the new Chairman of the ACF Interim Committee, NaShehu Hassan Abubakar thanked the congregation for finding him worthy of the enormous responsibility.

Abubakar, a retired Air Vice Marshall (AVM) assured the ACF National body and people of Kano State of his determination to steer the ship creditably, selflessly and in strict compliance with ACF desire to improve the lot of our people, as well as agitate for their rights.

Other committee members nominated at the ceremony include Aishatu Yakubu Maijama’a (Deputy Chairperson); Shehu Aliyu (Vice- Chairman); Muhammad Mustapha Yahaya (Secretary); Sani Bala Tela (Assistant Secretary); Rabia Hussein Adamu (Treasurer); and Mairo Bello (Assistant Treasurer).

Others   are Mahadi Sadiq Abubakar, (Financial Secretary);  Hafsat Namadi Bebeji (Assistant Financial Secretary); Bello Sani Galadanchi (Publicity Secretary); Tanimu Ibrahim Getso (Assistant  Publicity Secretary); Kabir Mukhtar (Legal Adviser); Muhammad Kabir Haruna (Assistant Legal Adviser); and Azimi Namadi Bebeji (Auditor).

The inaugural ceremony attracted Youth and Women wings of the ACF whose members were nominated into both the executive committee and the NEC.

Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) is apolitical and socio-cultural association of leaders in Northern Nigeria formed in 2000 to protect Northern interest in the political scene.

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