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Kano kingmakers drag Gov Ganduje to court, hire 7 SANs, 17 other lawyers

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The kingmakers of Kano Emirate have dragged Governor Abdullahi Ganduje to a state High Court challenging his decision to create four rival emirates in the state.

Ganduje, had created four additional emirates with First Class emirs in the state, a move that was alleged to have been carried out to whittle down the influence of Emir Sanusi.

The four kingmakers of Kano have also hired seven Senior Advocates of Nigeria, SANs and 17 other lawyers against the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje and others.

The kingmakers are Madakin Kano, Yusuf Nabahani; Makaman Kano, Sarki Ibrahim; Sarkin Dawaki Maituta, Bello Abubakar and; Sarkin Bai, Mukhtar Adnan.

The senior lawyers they hired are Lateef Fagbemi, AB Mahmoud, Adeniyi Akintola, Paul Usoro, Suraj Sa’eda, Hakeem Afolabi and Nassir Dangiri.

Other lawyers are a former commissioner for Justice of Kano State Maliki Kuliya, Nureini Jimoh, Nasiru Aliyu, Muritala Abdulrasheed, Aminu Gadanya, Ismail Abdulaziz and Sagir Gezawa.

The rest are Rashidi Isamotu, Oseni Sefiullahi, Ibrahim Abdullahi, Haruna Zakariyya, Auwal Dabo, Badamasi Suleiman, O.O Samuel, Fariha Sani Abdullahi, Yahaya Abdulrahseed and Amira Hamisu.

The kingmakers filed the suit on Tuesday at the state High Court against the Speaker of Kano State House of Assembly, Kano State House of Assembly, the Governor of Kano State, the Attorney General of Kano State and the four emirs appointed by the governor.

According to one of the reliefs they sought, the kingmakers said giving effect to the purported law has distorted history, especially as it regards to the positions they are holding in the emirate.

The top emirate council members further said their position is a heritage in trust for their respective clans of Jobawa, Sullubawa, Yolawa and Dambazawa.

Mr Ganduje on May 8 had created four additional emirates with first class emirs in the state, a move feelers said was aimed at whittle down the influence of Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi.

On Friday, a Kano High Court sitting at Ungogo ordered the governor to maintain the status quo and take no further action regarding the presentation of letters of appointment and staffs of office to the new emirs.

But the governor, between Saturday and Sunday, presented appointment letters and staffs of office to the new emirs, saying he was unaware of the court order.

The new emirs are Aminu Ado-Bayero, Bichi; Tafida Ila, Rano; Ibrahim Abdulkadir, Gaya and; Ibrahim Abubakar ll, Karaye.

-Daily Nigerian

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Zamfara polls: Jubilation as Supreme Court nullifies APC candidates’ elections, declares PDP winner

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The Supreme Court on Friday nullified the elections of all the candidates of the All Progressives Congress in Zamfara State in the 2019 general elections.

Delivering a unanimous judgment of the five-man panel led by the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, the apex court declared the first runners-up in the 2019 general elections in the state as the winners of all the posts earlier declared to have been won by the APC and its candidates.

Justice Paul Galinje, who read the lead judgment upheld the decision of the Sokoto Division of the Court of Appeal to the effect that the APC did not conduct any valid primary election and as such had no candidate for any of the elections in the state.

He described the votes polled by the APC candidates in the elections as wasted, adding that the party and the candidates with the second highest votes and the spread in the various elections were the valid winners.

The judgment centres on the governorship, state House of Assembly and the National Assembly elections conducted in Zamfara State on February 23 and March 11, 2019.

APC candidates, including the outgoing governor of the Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, who was elected to the Senate, had won most of the offices contested for in the 2019 elections with the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidates, placing first runners-up in the polls.

Source: PUNCH

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Reps demand forensic audit of $3.2bn NNPC pipeline project

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The House of Representatives has called for forensic audit of three pipeline projects worth $3.288billion.

The House Committee on gas resources that investigated the contract for the upgrade of OML 58 Upgrade 1; execution of Obite-Ubeta-Rumuji (OUR) pipeline; and the Northern Option Pipeline Projects recommended forensic investigation into the projects.

The committee chaired by Fred Agbedi (PDP, Bayelsa) called for forensic investigative audit into the cost overrun emanating from all change orders, including USD 2.2 billion on OML 58 Upgrade 1, USD560 million on OUR Pipeline and USD 528 million on NOPL Pipeline Projects.

The committee admitted difficulty in establishing the true cost, claiming that all the parties involved in the contract gave contradictory figures.

The committee called for “thorough investigation of the professional and/or personal relationship between NNPC/NAPIMS Management and TEPNG on the one hand and TEPNG and local contractors on the other hand in relation to this project to establish claims by parties and ensure fairness of purpose.”

The House also resolved to recover the sum of US592million from TEPNG in line with recommendations of Tabor VFM Audit Report; and that all ‘contracts awarded in this sector should be subjected to Value for Money Audit.”

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BREAKING: Police Council confirms Adamu Mohammed as IGP

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The National Council of State and National Police Council has approved the appointment of the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Adamu Mohammed as the new IG of the Nigeria Police Force.

Adamu was confirmed at the police council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday.

Musiliu Smith, chairman of the police service commission, and governors of the 36 states were part of the meeting.

Mohammed was appointed in the acting capacity on January 15, 2019 following the retirement of former IGP, Ibrahim Idris.

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