- These are not the best of times for Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, his associates and supporters in Kano state
- Loyalists of the governor have been indicted in a petition sent to the Inspector General of Police in Abuja
- Foot soldiers of the governor were said to have caused havoc in the state by burning properties of perceived political opponents of Ganduje
FCT, Abuja - A former governor of Kano state, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau, Senator Jibrin Barau, and four other members of the House of Representatives have petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Alkali Baba Usman over the setting ablaze of the campaign office of Barau in Kano on Thursday, December 2.
The petition was signed by Senator Shekarau (Kano Central), Senator Barau (Kano South), and four members of the House of Representatives including; Nasiru Abdua, Tijjani Abdulkadir Jobe, Shaaban Sharada, and Haruna Isa Dederi.
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The federal lawmakers said the attack on Senator Barau's campaign office was triggered by the Tuesday, November 30 judgement of the FCT High Court which sacked the executives of the faction of the APC loyal to the state government.
An FCT High Court had on that day ruled in favour of the faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) loyal to Senator Shekarau's camp.
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In the petition, the lawmakers accused Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas, chairman of the APC faction loyal to the state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of masterminding the violent act.
They also mentioned the commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Murtala Sule Garo; Faizu Alfindiki, chairman Kano Municipal LGA; Khalid Ishaq Diso, Chairman Gwale LGA; Hassan Garban Kauye, Chairman Kumbotso LGA; Auwal Lawan Shuaibu, Chairman Nassarawa LGA, and one Gwarmai.
Part of the petition read:
“You will recall that on November 30, an FCT High Court had delivered judgement in a suit concerning the Kano APC congresses and the said judgement did not go down with those who lost in the case.
“Regrettably, however, instead of fighting their cause through due legal process, these frustrated elements resorted to carrying out the criminal acts mentioned above.
“They also tried to burn our party office located along Zaria road and kill or inflict bodily harm to its occupants. They also passed by our respective residences with armed thugs chanting war songs in an attempt to unleash violence on law-abiding citizens.”
While urging the Inspector General of Police to probe the matter, the lawmakers said, the aforementioned people should be held responsible if anything happens to them.
FCT high court sacks Ganduje-led APC faction in Kano
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the APC executive committee loyal to Governor Ganduje was sacked by an FCT high court.
Justice Hamza Muazu delivering the ruling on Tuesday, November 30, granted all the reliefs sought by the Shekarau faction.
The faction had sought a declaration that no ward and local government congresses were conducted by the Ganduje-led group.
Ganduje’s former deputy, Abubakar, dumps him for Shekarau
Earlier, Professor Hafiz Abubakar dumped the Ganduje-led faction and aligned with the Shekarau loyalists.
Abubakar, a former deputy to Governor Ganduje during his first tenure left his principal's camp to join Shekarau before the court pronouncement.
Abubakar served as Ganduje's deputy between 2015 and 2018 but left the governor during the build-up of the 2019 general election when he contested for governorship under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.