New Kano emirates: Why Court restrained Ganduje

  A Kano High Court sitting at Ungogo on Friday granted an order restraining Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje from taking any action to legitimize the four new emirates he created. The four new emirates are Rano, Bichi, Gaya and Karaye.

The order followed a suit filed by one Rabi’u Sule-Gwarzo challenging the decision of the governor to create the four additional emirates in the state. The presiding Judge, Justice Nasiru Saminu, gave an interim injunction directing all parties involved in the suit to maintain status quo pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice. Justice Saminu, also gave an order directing the state governor and Government Printer to stop the publication and release of the law that created the four new emirates.
 The Plaintiff in the suit is Rabiu Sule-Gwarzo while Kano State House of Assembly Speaker is the first defendant. Similarly, the Kano state House of Assembly is second defendant, Clerk Kano state House of Assembly is the third defendant and Governor of Kano state, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje is the fourth defendant. Kano Emirate broken into 5 as Ganduje signs bill into law The state Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice of the State is the fifth defendant while the Kano state government printer is the sixth defendant.
 The presiding Judge had fixed Wednesday, May 15, for hearing of the motion on notice. The state government had earlier planned to present appointment letters to the new emirs on Saturday, May 11, at Kofar Mata Indoor Sports Hall.

The governor stated this while fielding questions on the sideline of the award ceremony for President Muhammadu Buhari and other long serving founding members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, organized by the Progressives Governors Forum at the Old Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa, Abuja. On the question that he was accused of rubbishing 800 years of history of the Kano Emirate for personal vendetta, he said, “Well, they are entitled to their own opinion but we are taking Kano to the next level and we need active participation of the traditional system, especially in the areas of education, security, agriculture, we need the effectiveness of the traditional rulers. “By decentralising it we are following history.

Years back, even before the 800 years you are referring to, the situation was not that. So if something developed 800 years ago, things are also developing now and there will be another 800 years. So look at the history. “So, it is not vendetta, I am not against him, in fact he is supposed to be reporting to the local government chairman according to the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria. It is the local government chairman that is suppose to discuss issues with him not the governor. “So this is celebrated by the people of Kano and we will make sure that the new Emirate council are effective in terms of developing Kano State.”


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