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It’s illegal…Kano court rules out appointment of Ganduje’s four new emirs
A Kano high court has declared the appointment and installation of four new emirs in Kano State as illegal.
The court sitting was held on Wednesday at Ungogo Judicial Division in Kano. It voided the four new emirs’ appointment by Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of the state, the Cable reported.
The state high court had on May 10 issued an ex parte order restricting Ganduje from going ahead with the establishment of new Emirates or appointing any new emir.
But Ganduje defied the order, he had issued out appointment letters to the emirs, while they have already assumed office.
The new Kano emirate was created after a bill dividing the whole Kano State emirate into five was passed into law on May 8. Thus, the influence of Lamido Sanusi, the current Kano emir, is reduced in the state as the local government areas being ruled upon has been reduced to 10 against the whole 44 LGAs, according to the new law.
The members of the Peoples Democratic Party( PDP) in the State Assembly filed the suit against Ganduje. The caucus claimed that the assembly had not followed a due process before enacting the Kano Chieftaincy Act, establishing the four new Emirates. They mentioned in the lawsuit that the ACT was presented to the floor of the State’s Assembly on Monday, May 6, while by Wednesday, it had been passed and signed into law.
Also to overrule Ganduje’s action, Kano Kingmakers on Tuesday filed another suit challenging the division of the emirate.
The kingmakers who took the legal action are Madakin Kano, district head of Dawakintofa; Yusuf Nabahani, district head of Wudil; Abdullahi Sarki-Ibrahim, district head of Gabasawa; and Bello Abubakar, district head of Dambatta, Mukhtar Adnan.