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‘We’ll rig elections and nothing will happen’- Kano APC chair

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Mukthtar Yahya Usman

The interim chairman of the Kano State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Abdullahi Abbas, has replied to comments made by a former governor of the state, Rabiu Kwankwaso, concerning the 2023 governorship election in the state.

Kano Focus reports that Mr Abbas, while addressing the party members during the swearing-in of the caretaker executive members of the APC on Tuesday.

It could be recalled that Mr Kwankwaso had said that the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, would not allow a repeat of the 2019 governorship election in which the election was declared inconclusive even as the PDP candidate was leading with 26,655 votes.

Responding, the APC chairman boasted that the party would “rig” the 2023 governorship election and nothing would happen, Daily Nigerian report.

He said the party would use the same mechanism it employed in “rigging” the Gama Ward rerun.

Recall that the said rerun at Gama Ward of Nassarawa Local Government Area of the state was widely condemned over alleged vote buying, harassment and other irregularities.

Using vulgar words, Mr Abbas also incited the APC members not to be merciful to and Kwankwasiyya Group member, physically or over the radio, emphasizing that the 2023 election would be war.

“Kwankwaso said 2023 governorship election would be do-or-die. “Ok, we are ready for that. We are not cowards. We are ready for the war. We are not afraid of death.

“To our party loyalists, don’t condone Kwankwaso and his supporters, if they abuse you over the radio or physically, don’t be merciful to them.

“Let me tell you that we will rig the 2023 election and nothing will be done. We will replicate what we did in Gama Ward come 2023 and nothing would be done. This is our time. This is our government,” Mr Abbas stressed.

The interim APC chairman also accused Mr Kwankwaso of “unlawfully acquiring houses belonging to the state government”, alleging that the former governor and the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Abba Yusuf, were living in houses belonging to the state government.

Also speaking, the Speaker, state House of Assembly, Hamisu Chidari, stated that the APC would not only allow the election results to be inconclusive, but would win with a landslide, urging the party members to rise up to face the challenges ahead squarely.

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AIG orders investigation of Policeman seen voting in Kano APC Congress

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Aminu Abdullahi

The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone Abubakar Sadiq Bello has ordered the investigation of unprofessional conduct of a policeman caught on camera voting during state congress of All progressive Congress (APC) in Kano.

KANO FOCUS reportsthat in view of the unprofessional conduct of the policeman, the AIG has referred the matter to the Zonal X-Squad for investigation.

A statement issued on Monday by Zonal Police Public Relations Officer Abubakar Zayyanu identified the police officer as Bashir Mohammed attached to the government house, Kano, from where he was deployed to work with the state Chairman of APC Abdullahi Abbas as a security aide.

Mr Zayyanu noted that if the inspector is found to have committed an offence by this action, the appropriate disciplinary measure will be taken against him.

He further assured the general public that further development on the matter will be communicated.

The statement reads in part.

“The attention of the Inspector-General of Police Zone one Headquarters, Kano has been drawn to a trending picture on social media, of an inspector of police casting vote at the recently conducted Kano State congress of the APC along with his principal, the state party chairman, Abdullahi Abbas.

“The inspector of police has been identified as Bashir Mohammed of the Special Protection Unit, Base One, Kano. The inspector is attached to the government house, Kano from where he was deployed to work with the said Abdullahi Abbas as a security aide.

“In view of this seemingly unprofessional conduct of the inspector, the AIG has referred the matter to the Zonal X-Squad for investigation.

“If the inspector is found to have committed a disciplinary offence by this action, the appropriate disciplinary measure will be taken against him.

“Finally,  we want assure members of the public that further development on the matter will be communicated please.”

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EFCC Grills Rabiu Kwankwaso

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Rabiu Kwankwaso

Nasiru Yusuf

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Saturday grilled former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso over allegations of abuse of office, diversion of public funds and fraudulent allocation of government properties to cronies.

KANO FOCUS reports that Kwankwaso, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, was first invited by the EFCC in September but failed to honour the invitation as reported by Channels TV.

An associate of the politician informed Channels Television that Kwankwanso may have been invited in relation to a petition by some retired employees of the Kano State Government.

The retired employees had told the EFCC that the former governor mismanaged pension remittances to the tune of N10 billion between 2011 and 2015, to fund a housing project for his cronies.

EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren did not comment on the interrogation of the former governor when contacted on Saturday.

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Crisis rocks Kano APC as Ganduje, Shekarau hold parallel Congress

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Aminu Abdullahi

Crisis rocked Kano chapter of All Progressive Congress (APC), as Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and faction loyal to former governor of Kano and serving Senator Ibrahim Shekarau held parallel state congress.

KANO FOCUS reports that while Ganduje group held their congress at Sani Abacha stadium, faction loyal to Shekarau had their own at Janguza town, Tofa local government area.

Ganduje’s led group endorsed Abdullahi Abbas as state chairman of APC for a second term in a consensus arrangement, while the faction loyal to Shekarau announced Ahmadu Haruna Zago as newly elected chairman of APC in Kano state.

Reports shows that the security have earlier disrupted Shekarau’s camp congress at Sani Abacha youth centre and sealed the premises before they moved to Janguza where they held the election.

Below are some pictures of the parallel Congress.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje while voting at Sani Abacha stadium

 

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje with APC chieftains

 

Delegates at Sani Abacha stadium

Ballot box

Factional chairman of Kano APC Ahmadu Haruna Zago

Ahmadu Haruna Zago and Abdilkadir Jobe

APC factional congress at Janguza

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