Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has scheduled the presentation ceremony of the appointment letters to emirs of the four newly created emirates in the state despite a court order restraining him.
Abba Anwar, the Chief Press Secretary to Ganduje, said the governor did not receive any court order restraining him from further action concerning “the newly appointed emirs of Rano, Karaye, Gaya and Bichi Emirates.”
The Kano State High Court on Friday had granted all reliefs sought by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus of Kano State House of Assembly over the creation of new Emirates in the state.
The lawmakers, led by Minority Leader Rabiu Gwarzo, approached the court on Friday morning to seek urgent injunctions on five issues surrounding the creation of the new Emirates.
The lawmakers said the House of Assembly did not properly convene before hurriedly passing a bill that established four additional units for the Kano Emirate Council.
A few minutes after the House passed the bill for the creation of Karaye, Bichi, Rano and Gaya Emirates, Governor Ganduje signed it into law sparking debate that it had a political undertone particularly as the governor and embattled Emir Lamido Sanusi, who has had sole traditional influence in the state over the years, have been at daggers drawn politically.
Analysts believe the new bill was aimed at whittling down the influence of the Emir in the state.
The statement by the governor’s aide stated that the letters of the notification of appointment were written from the office of the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Alhaji, “since Thursday 9th May, 2019 (Thursday) and were despatched to the concerned (prospective) 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,’” the statement said.
The statement observed that, while the said court pronouncement came after 5 p.m.on Friday, May 10, all the Emirs returned their acceptances forms from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, same day, “hours before the court pronouncement was made.”
The statement said ‘the new Emir of Karaye’, Ibrahim Abubakar II signed his acceptance by 12 noon; Emir of Rano, Tafida Abubakar-Ila, signed his acceptance by 10:15 a.m.; Emir of Bichi, Aminu Ado-Bayero, signed his by 10 a.m. and the Emir of Gaya, Ibrahim Abdulkadir, signed his letter by 10:30 a.m..
“Today’s event, Saturday 11th May, 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,” the statement added.