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PDP lawmakers obtain court order temporarily stopping creation of four new emirates in Kano
THE People’s Democratic Party caucus of Kano State House of Assembly has obtained an injunction from a Kano State High Court, restraining Governor Umar Ganduje from going ahead with the creation of four new Emirates in the state.
Ganduje had already signed the bill for the establishment of four more emirates in Kano State into law on Wednesday, barely minutes after the bill was hurriedly passed by the state assembly.
The PDP legislators argued that the House of Assembly did not convene properly before hurriedly passing the bill for the establishment of the four new Emirates in Karaye, Bichi, Rano and Gaya.
Led by the Minority Leader of the Kano Assembly, Rabiu Gwarzo, the legislators approached the court on Friday morning, seeking, among other things a restraining order on the governor from “appointing or recognising any purported Emir under Kano State Emirs (Appointment and Deposition) (Amendment) Law 2019” pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
Justice Nasiru Saminu who presided over the case granted all the injunctions sought by the applicants, including one restraining Governor Ganduje from “giving a staff of office or appoint anyone whatsoever as the Emir of Gaya Emirate, Bichi Emirate, Rano Emirate and Karaye Emirate”.
The matter was adjourned to May 15 for the hearing of the motion on notice.
According to the new law, the Kano Emirate is now in control of just eight out of the 44 local government areas in Kano State.
Meanwhile, the PDP caucus of the Kano State Assembly said they were not fighting on behalf of the Emir, Sanusi, but for due process in the legislature
“We are working for due process and not Emir Lamido Sanusi. Whatever does not conform to the rule of the House, we must go against it,” the Minority Leader, Gwarzo said on Friday in a phone interview with Premium Times.
Though Ganduje maintained that the establishment of more Emirates in Kano State was based on popular demand by the citizens, many say the governor wanted to whittle down the powers of the emir.
Reports have it that Sanusi did not support Ganduje’s re-election in the just concluded polls. Ganduje lost significantly in Kano metropolis, believed to be largely controlled by the Emir of Kano, but he narrowly won the governorship election after a supplementary poll which was characterized by massive violence and irregularities.