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Uneasy calm in Kano over plan to arraign Ganduje

By Muhammad Ahmad

Kano’s political temperament rose to a disturbing degree over the weekend following discordant tunes by supporters of the ruling NNPP, and the APC over planned to arraign the immediate past governor of the state, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, and his immediate family.

The city has been polarised on political divide sequel to a formal summon extended to the former two-term governor, his wife, and 6 others by a Kano state High court last Tuesday over allegations of financial impropriety while in office.

The NNPP-led administration in the state had last week launched a political assault on two major grounds, a commission of Inquiry to probe Ganduje’s 8 years tenure and litigation over alleged abuse of office.

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Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf set tongues wagging on Kano and its environs when he explained  to the emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero during Hawan Nasarawa on the veracity of the Commission of Inquiry

Governor Yusuf said the commission were set up to ensure transparency and accountability in government and to tackle the menace of political violence in the state.

Yusuf vowed to investigate and fish out perpetrators of political violence, as he threatened that government will not spare anybody irrespective of their political parties.”

Following his stance, support for or against the impending litigation in the volatile city-state have dominated political discuss on local Radio stations, and social media amid caution, and threat.

The heat generated by the proposed court action appeared to have robbed the beauty of Sallah celebration on the city dwellers as discussion on the arraignment dominates space over the safety of the people of the ancient city.

Palpable fear that engulfed the city was further reinforced by the governor,  Abba Kabir who had vowed to prosecute his predecessor over alleged abuse of office.

Many residents who spoke over the current development expressed apprehension that the war may snowball to security breach against the backdrop of deep seated animosity between the feuding parties.

Yakubu isa, a resident of Hotoro said ” I think the timing, and every other time isn’t the best to instigate a political war against one another, afterall, the religion is against probe.

Tanimu Auwalu of Rijiyallemo on his part advised Abba Kabir Yusuf to draw a line, and face governance to justify his mandate.

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Auwalu Rijiyallemo explained that the ” government should preoccupy itself with the execution of blueprints instead of the needless war on political opponents

Hajiya Ayi isa Dosa on her part appeal to Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf to resist all forms of distraction because time is not on your side.

She stressed that “voters will be swayed by the level of infrastructure on ground than what Ganduje has done wrong”

On it’s part, Garba Kore, a stalwart of the All Progressive Congress (APC), in a radio interview that is being serialized in Kano warned that the governor action isn’t in good faith.

Kore accused the governor of “fighting a proxy war against a respected former governor, ” stressing that “in the interest of equity and fairness, let them extend Dr. Ganduje probe to cover his tenure as Kwankwaso’s deputy.”

Similarly, another Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Musa Iliyasu Kwankwaso warned “Let it be known to governor Yusuf, that who is leaving inside a glass house should not throw stones, because the stone may eventually hit him”.

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In a sharp reaction to the ensuing jaw jaw, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kano Chapter in its official reaction by the tough-talking Chairman, Abdullahi Abbas warned that  “the party will continue to be law-abiding, it will not, however, condone witch-hunt, political victimisation, and persecution.”

Reacting to the exchange of fire by the feuding parties, the police in Kano said “The city is safe and will continue to make it safe for dwellers”.

Ussaini Gumel, the Commissioner of Police in a telephone chat explained that “police didn’t prepare charges against the former governor,  in other words, we are out of it.”

He said  “The state government should speak on it, and I think the attorney General is in good stead to speak. But however, the city is safe for the citizens”


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