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“Why I didn’t attend Kano gubernatorial’s debate” – Gov. Ganduje.



The Campaign Organisation of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state, on Sunday gave reasons on why the governor could not take part in the gubernatorial debates organized by the BBC Hausa Service, held at the Bayero University Kano.

It said, this was due to the his tight campaign schedules, which coincides with the programme.

Chairman of the Publicity Committee of the campaign organisation and commissioner for Information, Youth and Culture, Malam Muhammad Garba, who made the disclosure in a statement, explained that in the last couple of weeks, Governor Ganduje has contained all engagements outside Kano to focus on his door to door electorate’s campaign rally.

‘’After all, the statement explained, the importance of the debates, among others, is to intimates the electorate what His Excellency the governor has achieved in his first term in office and what are his future plans for the people of Kano state from 2019-2023, which he has been doing during the rally.’’

It said with election past approaching, the governor is making frantic efforts to see that he reach out to all the 44 local government areas in the scheduled campaign visits which he is taking full advantage of in order to meet and interact with the electorate directly.

“His Excellency the Governor would have love to be part of the debate but the schedule is to tight for him while mammoth crowd of supporters are patiently and anxiously waiting to interact with him at the campaign rallies”, the statement added.

The statement said as a sitting governor seeking re-election, his achievements in office speak volumes for themselves in terms of execution of policies and programmes meant toward the development of the state.

The commissioner asserted that with his administration’s cardinal objectives of consolidation and continuity, Governor Ganduje’s attention when re-elected will be focused on completion of ongoing development projects and initiation of new ones.

Malam Garba added that the other gubernatorial hopefuls, are frazzled with the undisputable achievements of the Ganduje Administration, have also availed themselves the opportunity provided by the platforms to tell the electorate what are their plan for the state.

The statement dismissed as immaterial attempt by some selfish individuals to give the matter a different meaning and assured that Governor Ganduje shall continue to hold this debate groups in high esteem.

Adamu Aminu, writes from Kano

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SSS Arrests Anti-Ganduje Social Media Critic



Salisu Hotoro, a critic of the governor of Kano State governor Abdullahi Ganduje and supporter of Kwankwasiyya movement, has been arrested.

Mr Hotoro was picked by the operatives of the State Security Service, SSS, in his Hotoro home on Thursday.

Sources disclosed that he was arrested for allegedly casting aspersions on a former managing director of Nigerian Ports Authority, Aminu Dabo.

The former managing director of NPA drew the ire of the Kwankwasiyya supporters when he reportedly claimed that he “takes care” of Kwankwasiyya supporters before his defection to APC.

Sanusi Dawakin-Tofa, spokesman for Kano State gubernatorial candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Abba Yusuf, confirmed Mr Hotoro’s arrest on his Facebook page, saying he was arrested by the SSS.

“Salisu Yahaya Hotoro, a member of my team and a social media activist faithful to Kwankwasiyya movement in Kano has been arrested by the men of DSS in Kano.

“Salisu was humiliated and chained at both his legs and hands then taken away to an unknown destination.

“We condemn this intimidation on the opposition as an act of impunity from the enemies of democracy,” Mr Dawakin-Tofa wrote.

Mr Dawakin-Tofa disclosed that all efforts by the Kwankwasiyya group to know Mr Hotoro’s whereabouts proved futile.

While condemning the arrest, the spokesman alleged that the development was a plot by the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje and the All Progressives Congress, APC to launch onslaught on him and some Kwankwasiyya social media activists.

He vowed that the intimidation would not deter the opposition from criticising President Muhammadu Buhari and Mr Ganduje over alleged injustice meted to them in the re-run election.

The state Director of SSS, Alhasan Mohammed, could not be reached at at the time of filing in this report as his mobile number was not reachable.

Mr Hotoro was previously arrested and charged to court late last year.


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Man Slashes Wife’s Throat, Buries Corpse in His Room



The Kano State Police Command on Friday paraded a 20-year-old man, Aminu Inuwa of Jakada Quarters, for allegedly slitting his wife’s throat and burying her corpse in his room.

He was also said to have buried the corpse of the 17-year-old victim, in his room.

According to the command’s spokesperson, DSP Abdullahi Haruna, the police on April 3, 2019 around 11:00am, received a report that Inuwa killed his wife, Safara Inuwa, who was aged 17 years with a knife.

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He said the couple had a dispute during which the suspect slit her throat and buried her corpse in his room.

Haruna however, said the police exhumed the body and took it to the Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital, Kano for autopsy.

According to him, the suspect who is already in custody has confessed to the crime and would be charged to court once investigation was completed.

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Kano Federal Members Endorsed Gbajabiamila Speaker Candidature.



Adamu Aminu, Kano.

24 Members-elect of House of Representative from Kano endorsed the candidature of Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila.

The motion was moved, Friday in a meeting held in Abuja by the Chief whip House of Representative and Member-Elect Tudun Wada /Doguwa Constituency Hon. Alhassan Ado Doguwa and Seconded by Rt. Hon. Kabiru Alhassan Rurum Speaker, Kano State House of Assembly and newly- elected member representing Rano/Kbiya/Bunkure Federal Constituencies.

The Governor Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje And State Chairman of APC Abdullahi Abass and deputy chairman and State Secretary of the party all attended the meeting at Governors Lodge Asokoro Abuja.

In 2015, Gbajabiamila presented himself to his colleagues as an aspirant for the Speakership seat in the House, which he narrowly lost the election to the present Speaker Yakubu Dogara.

Upon his recent re-elections in 2019 general poll, Femi presented his fresh bid to lead the federal House of representatives in 9th Assembly which he is overwhelmingly garnering supports from most of his counterparts.

The trend which the entire Kano legislatures both at the upper and lower legislative chambers endorsed their collective approval.

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