Court Bars Ganduje From Splitting Kano Emirate

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A Kano High Court on Friday ordered Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the Kano State House of Assembly, the Speaker, Clerk of the Assembly, and the Attorney-General of the state not to implement the break-up of Kano Emirate.

The order followed an ex parte motion dated May 10, 2019, filed by the plaintiff, Hon Sule Gwarzo, before Justice Nasiru Saminu, seeking a restraining order ro stop Ganduje’s government from taking any action of creating four additional emirates.

In granting the application, the court directed all parties in this suit to maintain status quo pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

Governor Ganduje had signed into law on Wednesday a bill on the creation of four additional emirates, a move seen widely as an attempt to whittle down Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II’s influence.

Emir Sanusi had reportedly worked against Ganduje’s reelectin bid.

However, the governor denies witch-hunting the former central bank governor, saying his action was prompted by the need to “take Kano to the next level”.

“By decentralising the emirate, we followed history. Years back, 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 (Sanusi). 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 supposed to discuss issues with him, not the governor,” Ganduje told reporters on Friday.

Before the court order, Aminu Ado Bayero and three others were to be installed Kano emirs on Saturday.

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