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Gales of defection rocks Kano APC as Ganduje’s Chief of staff, Kofa, Sumaila defect to NNPP



Nasiru Yusuf




The gale of defection in Kano APC continued on Friday, with the chief of staff to governor Abdullahi Ganduje, Ali Makoda, Director General of Bola Tinubu’s pesidential campaign, Abdulmumin Jibrin,  and former Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Legislative Affairs Kawu Sumaila, dumped the party and joined the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP). 

KANO FOCUS reports that Makoda announced his defection to NNPP on Friday shortly after tendering his resignation letter to governor Ganduje.

He has since visited the residence of former governor Rabiu Kwankwaso with other other notable politicians who defected along with him.

Notable among those who defected from APC to NNPP is the Director General of Bola Tinubu’s pesidential campaign, Abdulmumin Jibrin.

The former Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, few days ago, announced on his social media handle of his decision to dump the All Progressives Congress (APC) due to irreconcilable differences in the party.

Although, he was silent on his next political move, his defection to NNPP may have dealt a major blow on Tinubu’s presidential ambition.

Another prominent politician who announced his defection to NNPP on Friday is former Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Legislative Affairs Kawu Sumaila.

Although, Sumaila did not issue any formal complaint and reason for leaving APC, the former minority leader of House of Representatives mobilised APC members and loyalists to denounce APC.

Others are member representing Dambatta/Makoda Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives Badamasi Ayuba,  member representing Dambatta in the state House of Assembly and Murtala Musa Kore and serving chairman of Dambatta Local Government Council Abdullahi Wango.

The remaining politicians who defected to NNPP on Friday include the State Auditor of APC, Ahmed Speaker; zonal APC Youth Leader, Najib Abdussalam; former chairman of Makoda Local Government, Umar Maitsidau; former member of the House of Assembly representing Rimingado/Tofa Halliru Danga Maigari, and former member of the state House of Assembly representing Dambatta Constituency Hafizu Sani Maidaji.

The former governor of Kano and Senator Ibrahim Shekarau representing Kano Central may formally announce his defection from the APC this weekend.

It was gathered that Shekarau’s decision to dump APC was arrived at the stakeholders’ consultative meeting this week.

Ganduje accompanied by state APC chairman Abdullahi Abbas have on Friday night visited Shekarau to persuade him not leave the party.

Shekarau’s spokesperson Sule Yau Sule on Saturday told BBC Hausa that Mr Ganduje had visited Shekarau at his residence while he was having a meeting with his political associates on his next political step.

Sule said shortly after Ganduje left, some prominent APC bigwigs who defected to NNPP visited the residence of Shekarau to persuade him to join NNPP.


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Kano Governor sets up mobile courts to tackle phone snatching



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim




The Kano State Governor, Yusuf Abba, has approved the formation of mobile courts to ensure prompt prosecution of phone snatchers in the state.

KANO FOCUS reports that a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, said that the mobile courts would work with the Special Joint Task Force to try people caught.

Yusuf said that major streets in the metropolis had been lit up after eight years of darkness as the lamps were switched off.

“The return of street lights is part of the efforts by the new administration to tackle robbery, phone snatching and other criminal activities, especially in metropolitan Kano.

“The ongoing exercise started penultimate Tuesday and will continue until every part of the state is saved from darkness that provides cover for criminals and political thugs,” he said.


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Abba Kabir Yusuf asks Fuel Marketers to reverse to old price



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim




Kano state Governor, Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf has urged petroleum marketers to reverse the prices of petroleum goods to its old rate in order to lessen the current hardship experienced by the general public.

KANO FOCUS reports that the appeal is contained in a statement issued by Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, the chief press secretary to the governor.

The governor said he is aware that the marketers still had old products in stock that were supposed to be sold at the previous pricing.

“To reduce the needless hardship on the state’s citizens, the marketers should exercise some restraint and quickly reopen all filling stations with available products in stock to sell at the former price.

“As a concerned Governor, I am disheartened to see our dear People of Kano suffering as a result of an unjustified fuel hike, and the situation must be stopped right away,” the governor said.

Kano, according to governor, is the commercial hub for the country’s northern region as well as certain countries in West Africa, and its bustling populace continues to enjoy favorable business conditions.

The Governor urged the good citizens of Kano state to maintain their composure and uphold the law because the government is always prepared to make sure that people are doing their affairs conveniently.

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Abba Kabir Yusuf appoints Rahila Mukhtar to head KSCHMA




Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim




Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf has announced the appointment of Rahila Mukhtar as executive secretary of the Kano State Healthcare Contributory Management Agency (KCHMA).


KANO FOCUS reports that this is contained in a statement by his chief press secretary Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa on Thursday.


Yusuf also approved the appointment of Garba Bichi as managing director of the Kano State Water Board, Hassan Danbaffa as managing director of the Kano State Road Maintenance Agency (KARMA), Ibrahim Yakubu as managing director of the Kano State Urban Planning and Development Authority (KNUPDA) and Abdulkadir Abdussalam as the accountant-general.


KANO FOCUS reports that the government said a date for their swearing-in would be announced soon to enable them to assume the new responsibilities.




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