Court Restrains Ganduje from Breaking Up Kano Emirate

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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje

The Kano State High Court has granted an order restraining Governor Abdullahi Ganduje from implementing the breakup of Kano Emirate.

Mr Ganduje signed a law on Wednesday which created an additional four emirates, a move that was widely seen as depletion of Emir Lamido Sanusi’s influence.

The matter immediately took a political dimension with the Peoples Democratic Party members in the House saying that the additional four emirates were not properly created, accusing the All Progressives Congress majority of disregarding extant parliamentary procedures.

Two PDP House members, including the minority leader, told Premium Times they received a court order against the new Emirates on Friday afternoon.

The lawmakers said the House was officially on recess and was not properly convened before the law was hurriedly passed on Wednesday.

Governor Ganduje had on Wednesday assented to the controversial bill approving the creation of the additional Emirates in the state — Gaya, Rano, Karaye, and Bichi.

BACKSTORY

Premium Times earlier reported how the Kano State House of Assembly amended the Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs Law of the state to create the four new Emirates.

The lawmakers’ move followed a petition submitted to the state assembly by one Ibrahim Salisu seeking the decentralisation of the Kano Emirate Council.

The petitioner demanded the upgrade of the traditional rulers of Karaye, Bichi, Rano, and Gaya to the status of first class emirs.

The assembly immediately set up a committee to look into the petition and come up with a report.

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