Kano APC nullifies  Ganduje’s suspension, sacks party’s ward leaders

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The Kano State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), State Working Committee, has overruled the suspension of the National Chairman of the party,  Dr. Umar Abdullahi Ganduje.

The Kano State APC has also suspended the ward party leaders who earlier suspended Ganduje.

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Recall that the APC Ganduje ward in Dawkin Tofa Local Government had earlier on Monday suspended Ganduje.

But in a swift reaction, the party in the APC Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area thwarted the suspension and sacked those behind the suspension of Ganduje.

The Chairman, Inusa Dawanau, told newsmen shortly after suspending Ganduje that those behind the suspension of the party’s national chairman were caught in anti-party activities, and their records of meetings with the opposition were exposed.

The state Working Committee adopted the suspension of the ward’s APC leaders, who were behind the suspension of the National Chairman of the party.

It said, “They have sanctioned them for six months, and a special investigations panel has been set up to verify several allegations against them.”

According to the committee, Ganduje’s suspension is invalid, null and void and cannot stand.

Also reacting to the issue, the state’s APC chairman, Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas, said that they have since adopted the decisions of the Local Government party leaders and are now investigating the culprits’ anti-party activities.

“We have evidence of meetings between the State Government officials and those who suspended the National Chairman, and the State Working Committee has agreed to sanction them for six months. They will remain suspended until the expiration of the period,” Abbas said.

Recall that the ward’s legal adviser Halliru Gwanjo, while addressing a news conference, said they decided to suspend Ganduje from the party due to the allegations levelled against him by the Kano state Government.

Earlier, the Kano State High Court fixed April 17, 2024, for the arraignment of Abdullahi Ganduje, the immediate past governor of the state, his wife, son, and five others for alleged bribery.

Ganduje and the others will be arraigned on eight counts, including a $413,000 bribery allegation, diversion, and misappropriation of funds totalling N1.38 billion.

However, the Federal High Court in Kano ruled that the Kano Public Compliant and Anti-Corruption Commission lacks the power to investigate Ganduje over an alleged $5m bribery video.

While delivering his judgment, Justice Abdullahi Liman said the offence was a federal offence that could be prosecuted by the Attorney General of the Federation and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

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