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Kano Emirates: Ganduje reveals real reasons he did not obey court order

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The Executive Governor of Kano State Alhaji Abdullahi  Ganduje has given the reasons he did not obey the Court order on the appointment of new Emirs in Kano State.

The reasons were given by the Governor during the formal installation ceremony of the new Emirs in Kano on Saturday. 

The Governor said:

“The four newly appointed First Class traditional rulers requested for this occasion so that they can appreciate the Kano State government for this responsibility that has been given to them.

If you can recall, yesterday (Friday) in the morning, the Secretary to the State Government had already signed their letters of appointment and all of them acknowledged that they have received their letters.

You can also recall that this new law has already been gazzeted by the government printer. Therefore the new traditional rulers requested for this gathering so they can appreciate the Kano State government and the House of Assembly.”

Also, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Malam Abba Auwal, gave clarifications while reacting to media reports that the Governor Ganduje defied court order in going ahead to appoint the new Emirs.

It will be recalled that a State High Court sitting at Ungogo had granted an ex parte motion restraining the State Government from going ahead to issue letters of appointment to Emirs of the newly created emirates of Rano, Karaye, Gaya and Bichi.

The Chief Press Secretary said in a media release: 

“Letters of the Notification of Appointment were written from the Office of the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji, since Thursday 9th May, 2019 and were dispatched to the concerned Emirs the following day Friday 10th May, 2019 in the early hours of the day.

In accordance with the power conferred on the Governor by the Kano State Emirs (Appointment and Deposition) Amended Law 2019 (1440 AH) which provides the creation of more Emirates.

I wish to convey the approval of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kano State, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for your appointment as First Class Emir of (Bichi) (Karaye) (Rano) (Gaya) Emirate.”

While the said court order pronouncement started after 5pm on Friday 10th May, 2019, all the Emirs returned their acceptance from 10am to 12noon, same day, hours before the court order pronouncement was made.

The new Emir of Karaye, Alhaji Dr Ibrahim Abubakar II signed his acceptance by 12 noon, Emir of Rano Alhaji Tafida Abubakar Ila, signed his acceptance by 10:15 am, Emir of Bichi, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, signed his acceptance by 10am and the Emir of Gaya, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdulkadir, signed his letter by 10:30am.

But with the new development, the Emirs would only thank the Governor during the Stadium event, for appointing them and serving them with their appointment letters since Friday morning of 10th May, 2019, through the office of the Secretary to the State Government.”

During the ceremony, the Governor Ganduje charged the new Emirs to get involved in development activities and actively partake in fighting insecurity in their various communities.

On their part, the newly appointed Emirs expressed appreciation to the Governor in their separate remarks. They promised to work with the Emir of Kano, His Highness, Muhammad  Sanusi 11, who doubles as the Chairman Kano State Council of Traditional Rulers, towards the social and economic development of Kano State.