Ganduje issues appointment letters to new emirates, ignores court order

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In spite a court order stopping the Kano state government
from issuing letters of appointments to the four Emirs of the newly created
Emirates, the state government has gone ahead to issue the letters.

A Kano High Court sitting at Ungogo on Friday had granted an
order restraining Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje from implementing any action
to legitimize the new emirates of Rano, Bichi, Gaya and Karaye.

The presiding Judge, Justice Nasiru Saminu, in a suit filed
by Rabiu Sule Gwarzo, gave an interim injunction directing all parties in the
suit to maintain status quo pending the hearing and determination of the motion
on notice.

However, announcement was on local radio stations that the
appointment letters to the new emirs will be issued on Saturday at Kofar Mata
Indoor Sports Hall.

The Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba while
reacting on Saturday said the government is not aware of any court order as the
governor was not serve neither was the Attorney General of the state served.

“Honestly as I speak to you, we have not been served any
court order, although I saw a court order on the social media late in the night
on Saturday. So how do you expect government to act on a story on the social
media?”

Muhammad Garba noted that according to what he read on the
court order seen on the social media, events have overtaken issues in the court
order saying that, those appointed Emirs in the newly created Emirates have
been issued their letters of appointment by Secretary to the State Government
Alhaji Usman Alhaji on Saturday.

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“Letters of appointment have been issued the Emirs appointed
since yesterday and they have returned the acknowledged copies, the event for
today is just a felicitation.

Also, in press statement by the chief Press Secretary to
Governor Ganduje, Mallam Abba Auwal dismissed such claims, insisting that the
letter of appointments of were served to the four new emirs before the
pronouncement by the court.

According to the statement, “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
despatched to the concerned Emirs the following day Friday 10th May, 2019, in
the very early hours of the day.

“In letters dated 9th May, 2019, with reference number
SSG/REPA/5/A/86/T, to the newly appointed Emirs, each letter states that, “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 OFR 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 back their acceptance from
10am to 12noon, same day. Hours before the court order pronouncement was made.

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“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.

“Today’s event, Saturday 11th May, 2019, planning to take
place at Sani Abacha Indoor Stadium, Kofar Mata, was just organised to have a
symbolic presentation of Notification of Appointment Letters.

“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.

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