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Kano 2023: Gawuna, Garo a perfect Match

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Aminu Dahiru

After extensive stakeholders meeting and due deliberations, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has anointed the Deputy Governor of Kano State, Dr Nasir Yusuf Gawuna, as the preferred choice of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2023 governorship election.

Also the governor anointed the immediate past Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in the state, Murtala Sule Garo, as Gawuna’s running mate in the election.

This is a step in the right direction giving the circumstances. Governor Ganduje must have had some expensive considerations before arriving at this decision; this include the mood of the state, acceptability and party affairs.

It was a difficult choice considering the governor’s huge performance in the last seven years.

No governor may wish to see his lifetime achievements destroyed after leaving office or afford to lose election to the opposition despite the enormous commitment he has made.

The choice of Gawuna and Garo is based on the questions of who will continue to unify the All Progressives Congress (APC) after Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje leave office in 2023, who has the perseverance to defy all odds, including distractions, to build up on the governor’s gains and who has the technical knowhow to take Kano State to the next level.

These and many more brought the choice of Gawuna and Garo to the fore.

However, the question of giving back to youths has been addressed.

Governor Ganduje is so smart that by fielding Gawuna and Garo to bear the party’s flag in the 2023 governorship election in Kano State he has solved a significant percentage of the possible succession crisis that may have rocked the APC in the state; and he has dashed the hope of the opposition parties in the state that lurk somewhere to see the governor stumble in choosing a successor.

It is well known that Gawuna has been diplomatic and gentlemanly all his political career, as Garo is loyal, trustworthy and steadfast.

These qualities, among others, convinced Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje that the duo are the best candidates for the job.

Another, both Nasir Yusuf Gawuna and Murtala Sule Garo have maintained a mutual relationship.

This relationship has grown so strong that Gawuna’s followership has melted into that of Garo; and Garo’s camp is an extension of the Deputy Governor’s popularity.

With Gawuna and Garo it is a landslide victory for APC in the 2023 governorship election in Kano in sha Allah.

Aminu Dahiru is the Senior Special Assistant on Photography to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje

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Land racketteering: Emir of Gaya sacks village head of Gudduba

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Nasiru Yusuf

Gaya Emirate council has terminated the appointment of village head of Gudduba, Ajingi Local Government Mallam Usman Muhammad Lawan with immediate effect.

KANO FOCUS reports that the spokesperson of the Emirate, Aminu Ahmad Rano announced this in a statement issued on Wednesday.

He said after a thorough verification the village head was found guilty in engaging in land racketeering.

To this end the District Head of Gaya Alhaji Wada Aliyu (Madakin Gaya) has been directed to send a representative to oversee the affairs of the village.

The Emir noted that the Emirate will no longer tolerate indiscipline or any act that will tarnish the image of the Emirate.

The monarch directed all traditional rulers and tittle holders to justified the confidence reposed on them.

It will be recalled that the Emir of Karaye Alhaji Ibrahim Abubakar ll had earlier suspended Village head of Yango town in Rimingado local government area for similar offence.

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Four Kano Assembly members dump NNPP for APC

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Nasiru Yusuf

Member of the Kano state House of Assembly representing Rabi’u Kwankwaso’s constituency, Madobi, Kabiru Isma’il has decamped from the New Nigerian People Party (NNPP) to the ruling All  Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano state.

KANO FOCUS reports that the commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba revealed this in a statement issued on Wednesday.

He said that member representing Dawakin Kudu local government, Mu’azzam El-Yakub has also dumped Kwankwaso’s NNPP for the APC.

Both Messrs Isma’il and El-Yakub failed to secure the tickets of NNPP to represent their respective constituencies in 2023 general election.

It will be recalled that some National and State Assembly members who failed to secure the tickets of their party have defected to either APC or NNPP.

Prominent among them is former speaker of Kano state House of Assembly and member representing Rano/Kibiya/Bunkure federal constituency in House of Representatives Kabiru Alhassan Rurum who defected from APC to NNPP.

Others are state legislature representing Bagwai/Shanono, Isa Ali rejoined the APC days after decamping to the NNPP and member representing Dambatta state constituency, Murtala Kore who also renounced his membership of the NNPP to remain in the APC.

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Kano explosion: Ganduje gives N15m to deceased’s families, injured, school

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Monday donated about sixteen million naira to the bereaved families of the people killed in last Tuesday’s explosion in the Sabon Gari area of the town.

KANO FOCUS reports that Governor Ganduje announced this on Monday while receiving President Muhammad Buhari who was in Kano for the Annual Air Force Day Celebration.

Ganduje said the state government has given N9 million to the affected families, N2 to those injured some of who are at the Greenfield Specialist Hospital and the Armed Forces Specialist Hospital, N1 million to those who are mildly injured.

He said the donation was a gesture aimed to give some succour to the families of the bereaved.

“More so, there are properties close to the scene that are affected that include two buildings that are damaged, they were given N2 million, and the Winners Academy Nursery/Primary School that were given N1 million.

“As soon as the incident occurred, the state government took immediate action to save those affected and protect the affected area as well.

“Nine people died in the gas cylinder explosion and eleven others were injured,” he said.

The governor said he sympathised with the bereaved families.

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