Kano govt defends buildings demolition, blames Ganduje
Kwankwaso not suspended from NNPP, says party’s top official
Following the controversy over the demolition of buildings in Kano State by Governor Abba Yusuf, the government has said the buildings involved were sold illegally by the immediate past administration led by former Governor Ganduje.
Speaking at a media parley in Lagos, yesterday, Bature said the demolition is a very strategic initiative of the Yusuf administration, alleging that the state had been bastardised by Ganduje through the illegal sale of the buildings.
“He mentioned it during the campaign period and in his blueprint that if elected as governor of the state, he would claim all the public properties that were falling or given out to private individuals; hence, people voted for him. He had to fulfil his promise, as it is the yearning of the people of Kano.
“Another example is the historic 31-year-old paediatric hospital in Kano catering for a lot of Northern states, which was sold two years ago by Ganduje for N6 million to an individual. The property, which is worth over a billion naira, has been restored to ensure better healthcare for Kano children and pregnant women,” he said.
MEANWHILE, the National Auditor, NNPP National Working Committee (NWC), Ladipo Johnson, said the 2023 presidential candidate of the party, Rabiu Kwankwaso, was never suspended from the party. He said former members of the party initiated the statement released on Kwankwaso’s suspension.
“That statement of suspension and blames of Kwankwaso over the tribunal judgment came from a group of former members of the party, who have been expelled, some suspended; they are not even a faction, and we have spent over a month on this issue,” he said.
Johnson said the National Judicial Council (NJC) would be petitioned over the tagging of the party members as bandits and terrorists. According to him, there is immunity on the bench, but a Kano tribunal judge went beyond the bounds of immunity and “we will petition NJC over these judgments, calling Kwankwasiya group and NNPP members bandits, terrorists and cultists.”
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