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High Court Voids Ganduje’s Appointment of New Emirs

Justice Nasiru Saminu of a Kano State High Court on Wednesday declared the appointment and the installation of four new emirs by the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, as null and void in a suit by Hon. Sule Gwarzo, against the Governor and the state government, for splitting the emirate.

The court ordered a return to status quo pending the hearing of the suit against the appointment of the emirs.

Ganduje had created 5 Emirates saying all Emirs would have equal powers and are to be on the same first-class status as Sanusi.

On Tuesday, kingmakers in the Kano emirate filed a similar case.

In the suit with number K/197/2019 filed on Tuesday at a State High Court, Ganduje, the State House of Assembly, Attorney-General of the state and five others were listed as the defendants.

The kingmakers — Yusuf Nabahani (Madakin Kano), Abdullahi Sarki Ibrahim (Makaman Kano), Bello Abubakar (Sarkin Dawaki man Tuta) and Mukhtari Adnan (Sarikin Ban Kano) — were listed as first, second, third and fourth plaintiffs respectively.

They insisted that Ganduje’s assent to the bill breaking up the emirate, was done in bad faith and the action was a desecration of centuries-old tradition.

 

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