Tension In Kano Over Planned Arraignment Of Ganduje


THE political temperature in Kano has risen to a disturbing degree following discordant tunes by supporters of the ruling New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) and those of the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the reported plan to arraign the immediate past governor of the state, Abdullahi Ganduje, and his immediate family.

The city has been polarised along two political divides sequel to the Tuesday formal summon extended to the former two-term governor, his wife and six others by a Kano State High Court over allegations of financial impropriety while in office.

The NNPP-led administration in the state had last week launched a political assault on two major grounds; a commission of inquiry into Ganduje’s eight years tenure, and a litigation over alleged abuse of office.

Support for or against the impending litigation in the volatile state has dominated political discourse on local radio stations and social media amid caution and threat.

The heat generated by the proposed court action appeared to have taken the shine off the ongoing Salah celebrations in the city, as discussion on the arraignment dominates space over the safety of the people of the ancient city.

Palpable fear that engulfed the city was further reinforced by the Kano State governor, Abba Yusuf, who had vowed to prosecute his predecessor over alleged abuse of office.

Many residents, who spoke over the current development, expressed apprehension that the ‘war’ may snowball into a security breach against the backdrop of deep-seated animosity between the feuding parties.

Yakubu Isa, a resident of Hotoro said: ”I think the timing and every other time isn’t the best to instigate a political war against one another, after all, the religion is against probe.”

Tanimu Auwalu of Rijiyar Lemo, on his part, advised Governor Yusuf to draw a line and face governance to justify his mandate.

On his part, Rijiyar Lemo explained that: ”government should preoccupy itself with execution of blueprints instead of declaring a needless war on political opponents.”

Another resident of the city, Ayi Isa Dosa, appealed to Governor Yusuf to resist all forms of distraction “because time is not on your side.

“Voters will be swayed by the level of infrastructure on ground than what Ganduje has done wrong,” Dosa said.

On his part, Garba Kore, a stalwart of APC in a radio interview monitored in Kano, warned that the governor’s action was in bad faith.

Kore accused the governor of “fighting a proxy war against a respected former governor, ” stressing that “in the interest of equity and fairness, let them extend Dr Ganduje’s probe to cover his tenure as Kwankwaso’s deputy.”

Similarly, another chieftain of APC, Musa  Kwankwaso warned that: “Let it be known to Governor Yusuf that who lives in a glass house should not throw stones, because the stone may eventually hit him,as well.”

Also, in his reaction to the ensuing face-off, the Chairman of Kano APC, Prince Abdullahi Abbas, warned that “the party will continue to be law-abiding, it will not, however, condone witch-hunt, political victimisation and persecution.”

But in in their comments on the situation, the Police in Kano said “The city is safe, and we will continue to make it safe for dwellers”.

Usaini Gumel, the Commissioner of Police in the state, in a telephone chat, explained that “Police didn’t prepare charges against the former governor, in other words, we are out of it.

The state government should speak on it, and I think the attorney General is in good stead to speak. However, the city is safe for the citizens”, Gumel added.

Source: platinumpostng.com


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