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Ganduje’s Suspension Causes Confusion In Kano Due To Conflicting Court Orders

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Confusion reigned supreme in Kano’s political landscape as a Kano High Court and a Federal High Court, both sitting in Kano, issued conflicting court orders regarding the suspension of the All Progressive Congress (APC)’s Acting National Chairman, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, from the party.

Recall that the All Progressive Congress (APC) Executive Committee in Ganduje Ward, Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area, suspended Ganduje as an APC member on Monday.

On Wednesday, the Kano High Court issued an exparte order prohibiting Ganduje from representing himself as a member of the party.

The court then ordered Ganduje to stop presiding over all affairs of the APC’s National Working Committee (NWC).

The application was granted by Justice Usman Malam Na’abba in response to an exparte motion filed by Dr. Ibrahim Sa’ad Esq on behalf of two executive members of the APC Ganduje Ward, Dawakin-Tofa Local Government Area, the assistant secretary, Laminu Sani, and legal adviser Haladu Gwanjo (plaintiffs), who were part of the nine-member ward executive who suspended Ganduje due to corruption allegations.

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The court ordered the four parties (respondents) involved in the case, which include the All Progressives Congress (APC), the APC National Working Committee (NWC), the APC Kano State Working Committee (KSWC), and Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, to maintain the status quo ante belum beginning April 15, 2024, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit on April 30, 2024.

Justice Na’abba also ruled, as prayed, that the State Working Committee APC Kano could not interfere with the legally and validly considered decision of Ganduje ward executives, which was essentially based on action endorsed by a two-thirds majority of the executives, as required by the party constitution.

“An order is hereby granted directing all parties in the suit, APC (1st), APC National Working Committee (2nd), Kano State Working Committee APC (3rd), and Dr. Abdullah Umar Ganduje (4th), to maintain the status quo ante belum as of April 15th, 2024.”

” The order thus prohibits the 1st respondent (APC) from recognising the 4th respondent (Ganduje) as an APC member, prohibits the 4th respondent (Ganduje) from presiding over any NWC affairs, and prohibits the state Working Committee from interfering with the legally and validly decision of the Ganduje ward executives.

“That the 4th respondent (Ganduje) is prohibited from presenting himself as a member of the APC or performing any act that may portray him or make him appear to be a member of the APC pending the hearing and resolution of the substantive suit.”

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It should be noted that nine Ganduje ward members proclaimed the suspension of the APC’s National Chairman in response to the Kano state government’s corruption allegations against him.

The nine APC executives stated that they were prompted to act by a petition signed by one Ja’afaru Adamu, an APC member from the National Chairman’s polling unit.

In the petition, Adamu complained about allegations of corruption against the former Governor while also urging ward leaders to investigate the matter in order to restore the party’s tarnished image and the implications for President Bola Tinubu’s anti-corruption campaign.

However, in an unusual turn of events, another order from a Federal High Court sitting in Kano surfaced on Thursday, dismissing Ganduje’s suspension by party leaders in Ganduje Ward, Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area, Kano, despite the fact that the order was said to have been issued on Wednesday.

The application’s respondents include the police, the Department of State Services (DSS), the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), and nine other individuals.

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The Federal High Court, presided over by Justice A.M Liman, allegedly issued an ex parte order on Wednesday stating that Ganduje’s suspension should not be implemented until the case is heard and decided.

Justice Liman issued an order prohibiting the Respondents, their servants, agents, or privies from carrying out the decision made during the alleged emergency meeting of APC Ganduje Ward Executive members held in Ganduje Ward, Dawakin Tofa Local.

“That all parties are hereby mandated to maintain the status quo prior to the alleged emergency meeting of APC Ganduje Ward’s executive members, and to stay action in this matter pending the hearing and determination of the substantive application.”

However, this development has caused significant confusion and apprehension in Kano’s political landscape, with pundits questioning why two courts with competent jurisdictions should issue conflicting orders on the same day.

Political actors also question why the order from Justice Liman’s Federal High Court, which was allegedly issued on Wednesday, should be kept secret for 24 hours before being made public.

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Alhaji Ibrahim Shehu, a political analyst, believes that Justice Liman’s order has the potential to tarnish the judiciary’s image, claiming that the order by the Federal High Court was issued under duress rather than in accordance with normal legal rules.

According to him, “the integrity of the Nigerian judiciary is under attack as a result of Justice Liman’s conflicting and dubious order.” We should not forget, in haste, Justice Tanko’s warning to Judges about this type of situation during a case involving Nyesom Wike and former PDP National Chairman Mr. Secondus.

“We only hope that the judiciary will examine this case critically and prevent itself from being destroyed by some judges who chose to destroy the judiciary’s image for selfish gain.”

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Baba-Ahmed Warns Soyinka: You Do Not Have Monopoly To Insult Anybody

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Dr. Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, the Labour Party’s (LP) Vice-Presidential candidate in the 2023 general election, has warned Prof Wole Soyinka that intellect does not give him the right to insult anyone.
Responding to a statement made by Prof. Wole Soyinka, in which the Nobel laureate said Peter Obi was “unfit” to govern Nigeria, Baba-Ahmed stated, “I remember this Soyinka insulting the late General Sani Abacha. “Nothing gave him the right to do that,” he continued.
Responding to a question about why Obi has not taken steps to prevent members of the Obidient from attacking Soyinka, Baba-Ahmed stated, “There is no way Peter Obi and my humble self can control the Obidients.
“Peter Obi went into a canoe without a life jacket, and he paid for it. So, it is Wole Soyinka’s responsibility to maintain his respect and dignity, not Peter Obi’s to control the Obedients.
In an interview broadcast on the Arise News Channel, Baba-Ahmed claimed that Soyinka was only afraid of the positive changes that Peter Obi would bring to Nigeria.
He explained, “The learned elder statesman, Prof. Wole Soyinka, is concerned about what good Peter Obi will bring to Nigeria. He is already concerned that his principal will meet his demise as a result of poor governance.
“What Soyinka is doing right now is an attempt to distract.” Baba-Ahmed stated that he would not engage in debate with the Nobel laureate, but would continue to pray for the elder statesman.
Soyinka claimed in an earlier interview that Obi encouraged his followers, referred to as ‘Obidients,’ to attack him and others with opposing views online in the run-up to the 2023 presidential election.
According to THISDAY, when asked what he thinks about the movement, Soyinka replied, “It has to do with education. I did not read all of these (insults by the Obedient Movement), but some links were sent to me, especially when facts were “manufactured.”
“When I read these things, I became disgusted. There is not another word for it. I really was disgusted and I know that it was orchestrated.”

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Kano Governor Orders Arrest Of Deposed Emir Ado Bayero

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Deposed Emir

Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, the Governor of Kano State, has ordered the immediate arrest of Aminu Ado Bayero, the deposed Emir of Kano.

Sanusi Tofa, Director General of Media and Publicity, Government House, Kano, issued the order in a statement on Saturday.
The governor said Bayero should be arrested for allegedly inciting tension in the state.

The statement, titled ‘Gov. Yusuf Orders Arrest of Deposed Emir of Kano Aminu Ado Bayero,’ read, “The Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, has ordered the immediate arrest of the former Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero, for inciting tension in the state.”

“The former Emir was smuggled into Kano last night in an attempt to force his way back to the palace two days after being deposed by the Governor.

“According to Mr. Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, the Governor’s spokesperson, the new Emir, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, arrived at the palace around 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 25th, 2024, with the Governor, the Deputy Governor, the Speaker of the State Assembly, and other top government functionaries.

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“As the state’s Chief Security Officer, His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, has directed the Commissioner of Police to arrest the deposed Emir immediately for disturbing public peace and attempting to destroy the state’s relative peace.”

Bayero, whose whereabouts had been unknown since being deposed on Thursday, returned to Kano on Saturday.

The state House of Assembly repealed the law signed by ex-Governor Abdullahi Ganduje on December 5, 2019.

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Gov Otti Tells House Of Reps Committee That Abia Is Committed To Transparent, Accountable Government

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Hon. Bamidele Salam with Gov. Otti

Members of the visiting committee with Gov.. Otti

Abia State Governor, Dr. Alex Otti says his administration is committed to running a transparent and accountable government to deliver the greater good for the overall development of the state.

Governor Otti said as a responsive and responsible government he is expected to be accountable, and that is what his administration stands for.

The Governor spoke on Thursday when members of the House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts, led by the committee Chairman, Mr. Bamidele Salam, and accompanied by the member representing Isialangwa North and South Federal Constituency, Hon. Ginger Onwusibe, visited him as part of their oversight function to states in the South East zone.

In a statement from Kazie Uko, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Otti maintained that to achieve his goal of a new Abia, he must be responsible and assured that he will always do what is right to justify the confidence reposed in him by the people of Abia.

Governor Otti described accountability as an important facet of Governance, adding that it was the spirit of accountability that led him to set up a forensic audit, which disclosed massive looting of the State by the past administration.

“It is on that basis that I want to refer to a topical issue at this time. When we came in slightly less than a year ago, we thought that in the spirit of accountability, we should set up a forensic audit on the activities of our predecessor. We thought we should call KPMG or any of those big three or four, so we eventually settled for KPMG.

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“We are not interested in witch hunting; we just needed to know where we were and how our resources in the last few years were used. At least, we can hold ourselves and our predecessors to account. Our predecessor should hold its predecessor to account that’s just the way it goes,” Governor Otti explained.

According to the Governor, “When the audit result came out, many public revelations were made and we are still struggling with some of them. One of them was that a lot of money moved out of the (State’s) Federation Account domiciled in one of the banks on a day, the 25th of September, 2020, during the COVID-19 lockdown.

“It was dedicated to the construction of an airport in Abia. That was 10 billion Naira. We tried to look for the airport, but we couldn’t find it.

“There is no airport because we have gone around the State. So, the money has to come back. That is accountability. There is no responsibility without accountability. By the time I hand over to my successor, I expect him as a matter of importance to also set up a forensic audit on my administration and then come up with an accountable report.”

 

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In his remarks earlier, Hon. Salam explained that they were not in the state for a witch hunt exercise but to carry out its role of tracking public expenditure to ensure that public funds are used for the public in a manner that conforms with all the rules of transparency and accountability.

 

The House Committee Chairman said that the Governor had over the years supported public accounts and transparency in governance, and congratulated Governor Otti for not disappointing those who had reposed confidence in his leadership qualities.

 

He noted that Governor Otti had made Abia in the news for positive things and described him as a leader who has redefined governance and has also brought innovation to bear in governance.

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“The first thing I want to congratulate and thank you for is that you have not disappointed God. That God, who created Abia State which has a population of a little over four million people is the same God who created the States of Alabama and Kentucky in the United States with about four million population. The GDP of this State is about 0.8 billion USD, Kentucky has about 278 billion USD as GDP; the same population, and the same State of a federation.

 

“And so, the fact that you have been Governor for almost 12 months now has given us a yardstick to ask whether indeed you were prepared for the office. And Your Excellency, without mincing words, everything you have done since you assumed this office has shown that you prepared to govern Abia State in a manner that will make the State fulfil its God’s given purpose.

 

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“The second one, I want to thank you for is that, next to not disappointing God, is not disappointing man. If you aspired to be Governor on two occasions and it didn’t happen and it happened the third time, and God forbid you became the Governor and you are not able to show any remarkable difference between yourself and those who went before you, a whole lot of people will lose interest in politics and governance.

 

“I was in a programme recently in Lagos, organised by Linus Okoye. It was a leadership roundtable and we were just about 30 people one of the introductory parts of that programme was for each person to say something about a place they have been to. Almost half of the 30 people in the room mentioned Abia State, and each person was giving credit to you for the change of narration, the change of focus, and the change of attention.

 

“So, your Excellency, with the little God has enabled you to do in the last year, in terms of infrastructure, in terms of innovation, in terms of trying to drive the process of growth in GDP of the State; for the information of everyone of course we all know this, when we talk about Nigeria, you are looking at the manufacturing sector and the capacity of Nigeria to be the Taiwan of Africa, like President Bola Tinubu said, it is here in Abia State and is here in Aba.

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“So, I want to congratulate and thank you for not allowing people to say oh, you see politicians, after all these years of preparation then what is he doing? That is not on the lips of anyone. And, I am not surprised; one of the good things you have also done is to assemble a very solid team,” Hon. Salam recounted.

 

 

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