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Kano PDP gets new state executives

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Nasiru Yusuf

Kano state branch of People Democratic Party PDP has on Monday elected new executives to run the affairs of the party for the next four years.

The new state executives were inaugurated by Aminu Abdullahi Dala shortly after emerging unopposed via voice voting.

Shehu Wada Sagagi was elected as new state chairman, Dankaka Hussaini Bebeji (Deputy Chairman), Jamilu Abubakar Dambatta (Secretary), Idris Zarewa (Treasurer), Halima Uba Jalli (Women Leader), Hafizu Sharif Gambo (Youth Leader), Sunusi Sirajo Kwankwaso (Organising Secretary), Bashir Aminu Sanata (PRO) Dahiru Maitama Abdullahi (Financial Secretary) and Auwalu Nagero (Auditor).

 

 

 

 

 

Others are Hamisu Sa’ad Dogonnama (Vice Chairman, Kano Central), Hashim Sulaiman Dungurawa (Vice Chairman, Kano North), Mutari Muhammad Dankadai (Vice Chairman, Kano South), Rabi’u Isa Kofar Mata (Disable leader), I. I Maigida (Legal Adviser), Abubakar Sulaiman Rogo (Assistant Secretary, Kano South) and Binta Musa Bintoto (PRO II).

The remaining state executives are Amina Garba (Assistant Legal Adviser), Faruk Gwadabe (Ex – officio), Ali Ibrahim (Assistant organising secretary, Kano South), Isma’il Sabo Abba (Assistant organising secretary, Kano Central), Jamilu Garba Garo (Assistant organising secretary, Kano North), Atine Abdullahi (Assistant auditor), Aina’u Muhammad Bichi (Assistant Women Leader) and Mariya Sani (Zonal women leader, Kano South).

In his address, the former governor of Kano state Rabi’u Kwankwaso thanked the national chairman of the PDP Uche Secondus and the outgoing state caretaker committee for their tireless effort of conducting party election from ward to state level.

He appealed to those who indicated interest to be part of the new executives but could not get endorsement to exercise patience as there are more opportunities ahead.

Mr Kwankwaso advised PDP members to embrace consultation at ward, local government and state level to mobilise other people to join the party.

In his acceptance speech the newly elected Kano state chairman Mr Sagagi said the party election marked the beginning of 2023 electioneering in Kano state.

“God willing our leader sitting right here (Rabi’u Kwankwaso) is the next president and Abba Kabir Yusuf is the next governor of Kano state. The lack of party leadership has allowed Kano state government free ride. I thanked you all,” Mr Sagagi said.

The PDP has earlier inaugurated the new executives of the 44 local government areas at the residence of Mr Kwankwaso on Saturday.

The Federal High Court in Kano has last week dismissed the petition filed by some PDP members loyal to former minister of foreign affairs Aminu Wali challenging the ward and local government party congresses organized by caretaker committee.

This judgment has endorsed the legitimacy of the caretaker committee loyal to Mr Kwankwaso that rounded off the state election on Monday.

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Just in: Finance Minister suspends Accountant-general over alleged N80bn fraud

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The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Dr. Zainab Ahmed, has suspended the embattled Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, from office over his alleged involvement in N80billion fraud being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

KANO FOCUS reports that Idris was arrested on Monday by the operatives of the anti-graft agency over alleged diversion of funds and money laundering activities to the tune of N80billion.

He was arrested after failing to honour invitations by the EFCC to respond to issues connected to the fraudulent acts.

EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement, had said the commission’s verified intelligence showed that the AGF  raked off the funds through bogus consultancies and other illegal activities using proxies, family members and close associates.

He said the funds were laundered through real estate investments in Kano and Abuja.

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Kano experiences heavy rainfall in next three days – NiMet

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The Nigeria’s meteorological agency, NiMet, has forecast moderate to heavy rainfall within the next three days in Kano.

KANO FOCUS reports that NiMet announced this in its weather advisory on Tuesday.

“As a result of the expected moderate to heavy rainfall in the next three days, there are chances of flash flooding of roads and low-lying settlements,” the agency said.

It added that “there could be disruption of traffic due to flooded or closed roads, reduction in visibility, likely damage to mud houses and possible disruption in flight operations.”

The rain is expected to be accompanied by strong winds, lightning and thunder, hence the falling of weak buildings and displacement of makeshift structures are likely, NiMet said.

Hence, it advised the public to exercise restraint, disconnect electrical appliances before, not during the storm, and avoid standing or parking cars under trees as much as possible.

NiMet urges emergency agencies to be prepared and keep monitoring to avoid low-level areas and fast-flowing runoff waters.

It also advised the public to be prepared for these events to avoid damage from rain-related hazards.

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VP Osinbajo visits scene of  Kano explosion

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has visited the scene of Kano explosive where he commiserated with the government and people of Kano state over the gas and explosion at Sabon Gari area of the state capital.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Vice president arrived at the scene of the explosion in company of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

Osinbajo during the visit to the scene of the incident expressed shock that little school children were among those injured.

The Vice President who described the incident as devastating, sympathised with the victims and enjoined relevant authorities to take preventive measures against future occurrence.

He prayed for the repose of the souls of those who lost their lives and quick recovery of injured victims.

The Vice President and governor Ganduje were received and briefed by the Commissioner of Police Kano Command Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko.

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje thanked the vice president for the concern and pledged medical and financial support to victims of the explosion.

The Vice President was in Kano to meet APC delegates ahead of party’s primary elections.

At least nine people are confirmed to have died in an explosion in the Sabon Gari area of Kano state on Tuesday morning.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in a statement said nine corpses have been recovered from the scene of the explosion.

NEMA’s spokesperson, Manzo Ezekiel, said the Director-General, Mustapha Habib, who visited the scene of the explosion, coordinated the rescue operations.

Mr Ezekiel said: “Nine dead bodies have been recovered so far from the rubbles of a collapsed building beside a primary school following explosions from a gas cylinder at Aba Road in Sabon Gari area of Kano.

“Director-General National Emergency Management Agency, Mustapha Habib Ahmed, was at the site of the incident and coordinated the rescue operations.

“He mobilised excavators being used for the rescue operations and said NEMA team will ensure complete removal of the rubbles to retrieve all trapped persons.

“Furthermore, the DG instructed the NEMA rescue team to remain at the site until the conclusion of the rescue and to work together with security agencies and other response organisations present at the location.

“NEMA is presently coordinating the rescue operations involving members, Nigerian Red Cross, military, the Nigerian Police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps, Kano SEMA, the official statement said.

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