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Despite court order, Ganduje’s four new emirs assume office
THE four new individuals that were appointed emirs of the new emirates created by the Kano State Government have assumed office despite an injunction of a Kano State High Court restricting Governor Ganduje from going ahead with the establishment of new emirates or appointing any new emir.
This was revealed in a statement by Abba Anwar, Ganduje’s Chief Press Secretary, on Saturday, which explained that the Governor had already appointed the four emirs and they had turned in their acceptance letters before the court issued the restraining order.
According to Anwar, while the court order was issued around 5 pm on Friday, May 10, “letters of the notification of appointment (of the new emirs) were written from the office of the secretary to the state government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji, since Thursday, May 9, 2019, and were dispatched to the concerned emirs the following day Friday, May 10, 2019, in the very early hours of the day”.
He stated further that the new emir of Karaye, Ibrahim Abubakar II, forwarded his acceptance letter at about 12 noon on Friday, while Tafida Abubakar II, who was appointed emir of, sent in his acceptance letter earlier, around 10:15 am.
The Emir of Bichi, Aminu Ado Bayero, accepted his appointment at 10 am and, his Gaya counterpart, Ibrahim Abdulkadir, wrote in his acceptance letter by 10:30 am.
Anwar’s statement was in reaction to allegations of contempt of court against Ganduje who was reported to have gone ahead with the appointments in spite of the restraining order given by Justice Nasiru Saminu of the Kano High Court.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus of the Kano State Assembly had filed the suit seeking to restrain Governor Ganduje from going ahead with the establishment of four new emirate councils in Kano State following a hurried amendment of the State’s Chieftaincy Act.
The lawmakers claim they are not fighting on behalf of the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi, but rather to ensure that due process was followed in all the activities of the Assembly.
The letter seeking to amend the Kano Chieftaincy Act and make room for the creation of more first-class emirates was first read on the floor of the State’s Assembly on Monday, May 6, by Wednesday, it had been passed and signed into law and new emirs were appointed on Thursday.