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APC petitions IG, demands arrest of nine masterminds over Ganduje’s suspension

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APC petitions IG, demands arrest of nine masterminds over Ganduje’s suspension

By Adebayo Folorunsho-Francis and Tukur Muntari

The All Progressives Congress (APC), on Thursday, named nine persons who allegedly masterminded the suspension of its National Chairman, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje.

The APC, which described the masterminds as impostors, said it had petitioned the Inspector-General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, to go after them.

The two-page petition, which was made available to The PUNCH on Thursday, was written by the APC National Legal Adviser, Prof. Abdulkareem Kana.

The nine suspects he listed in the petition are Auwalu Jemomi, Muhde Weti, Danmala Gale, Samaila Haladu, Laminu Sani Barguma, Musa Lado Lado Maishayi, Amadu Maishayi and Umar Amarwa

The letter read: “Specifically, on April 15, 2024, Auwalu Galadima Jemomi and his accomplices, claiming to be party executives of the APC from Ganduje Ward in Dawakin Tofa Local Government, Kano State, falsely issued a press statement suspending our National Chairman, Dr Umar Abdullahi Ganduje, from the party. This unauthorised and misleading statement has created significant confusion and unrest among our members and the public at large.

“Such impersonation and dissemination of false information are not only illegal but also have the potential to disrupt public peace and order. Therefore, I request the Nigerian Police Force to promptly investigate this matter and apprehend Auwalu Galadima Jemomi and his accomplices involved in this fraudulent act.

“Additionally, I request the police to identify and investigate any sponsors or conspirators associated with this incident beyond those explicitly named in this petition. I trust in the Nigerian Police Force’s commitment to upholding justice and ensuring that incidents of impersonation and false claims are decisively addressed to prevent future recurrence.”

The controversial situation began on Monday when the executives of the Ganduje Ward in the Dawakin-Tofa Local Government Area of Kano State declared Ganduje suspended.

The Legal Adviser of the ward, Haladu Gwanjo, who announced the suspension, linked it with the bribery charges filed against Ganduje by the Kano State Government.

Though the Kano State Chapter of the APC immediately overruled the suspension and instead slammed a six-month suspension on the ward executives, a lawyer, Dr. Ibrahim Sa’ad, took an ex parte application before Justice Usman Na’Abba of the Kano State High Court and obtained an order restraining Ganduje from parading himself as the APC National Chairman, following his suspension at the ward level.

The ex parte application, marked K/M658/2024, had the ward legal adviser, Gwanjo, and the Assistant Secretary, Laminu Sani, as plaintiffs.

But in a strange twist, Gwanjo, alongside other ward executives, met with Ganduje in Abuja on Wednesday, denying being behind the suspension and the court order.

The National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Felix Morka, said the persons behind the suspension and the court order were not APC members but imposters allegedly working for the Kano ruling party, the New Nigeria People’s Party.

The ruling party vowed that it would not obey Justice Na’Abba’s order restraining Ganduje and also sent a petition against the Kano judge to the National Judicial Council.

On Thursday, the APC went before the Federal High Court in Kano to obtain another order voiding Ganduje’s suspension.

Justice A.M. Liman, who granted the order, declared as null and void Ganduje’s suspension.

He ruled: “All the respondents, their servants, agents or privies are hereby restrained from implementing and/or giving effect to the purported decision reached during the purported emergency meeting of the alleged executive members of APC Ganduje Ward, held at Ganduje Ward of Dawakin Tofa LGA.

“All the parties are hereby mandated to maintain the status quo before the purported emergency meeting of the alleged executive members of APC Ganduje Ward, and to stay action in respect of this matter, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive application.”

Speaking on the court order in favour of Ganduje, Morka, on Thursday, reiterated that the ruling party would not honour the initial court order affirming Ganduje’s suspension.

Morka, who featured a guest on Arise TV on Thursday, affirmed that they had thrown their weight behind the Kano Federal High Court that recently called for a stay of the order.

He said, “First of all, the order issued by the first court was very disturbing, for a number of reasons.

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“First, the plaintiffs who purportedly filed that action is not recognised members of our party and, therefore, shouldn’t have the locus standi to invoke the authority of the court to make any such order.

“Secondly, every lawyer in this country is aware that from the Supreme Court up to the NJC, there is this cautiousness that judges don’t make orders that are far-reaching in effect on an ex parte motion or application.

“When you see the nature of the case and observe it is likely to cause the defendant substantial exposure to ridicule and justice, you put that defendant on notice within the context of even that ex parte application, so that the justice of the matter can be met.

“But this judge, in this case, basically upheld the illegal suspension of a national chairman, did so on an ex parte application, which shouldn’t be.

“Being a lawyer, I have a lot of respect for the court and won’t say much. But be that as it may, as I speak, that order of the Kano State High Court purportedly affirming the suspension of our national chairman has not been served on the party and the national chairman himself.

“So, this conversation and every other one relating to this has really been based on media reports. In other words, we do not have legal notice of that order.”

Ganduje’s son backs father’s probe

Meanwhile, the eldest son of Ganduje, Abdulazeez, paid a visit to the Chairman of Kano State Anti-corruption and Public Complaints Commission, Mr Muhuyi Magaji, on Wednesday, declaring solidarity for the probe of his father.

An official of the agency, who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on the matter, confirmed Abdulazeez’s visit.

“Yes, indeed, Abdulazeez was here in the office of the Chairman of CAPCC on Wednesday evening,” the source said.

Abdulazeez reportedly visited the anti-graft agency to show support for the commission’s case against his father, mother and brother.

Recall that in 2021, Abdulazeez dragged Hafsat, his mother, to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over a bribery and land fraud case.

In its determination to prosecute Ganduje, the Kano State government filed criminal charges against him over alleged $413,000, N1.38bn bribery, with the state assembling 15 witnesses to testify against Ganduje.

Ganduje, who was joined by his wife, Hafsat and son Umar, in the charge sheet dated April 3, 2024, sighted by The PUNCH, was however absent in court for arraignment on Wednesday.

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Flood: NEMA intensifies campaign against improper waste management in Gombe communities

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has taken its campaign on proper waste management to rural dwellers in Kwami Local Government Area of Gombe State as part of measures to mitigate impact of flooding during the rainy season.

Mrs Ummunah Ahmad, the Head of Operations, NEMA , Gombe State office, who led the campaign team to Kwami community said the exercise was to raise public awareness about proper waste management and its effect on flooding.
Ahmad said the campaign was imperative as part of effort to mitigate the impacts of flood disaster through proactive measures as well as reminding communities of their roles in disaster prevention and mitigation.

She told residents of Kwami that the devastating impacts of flood over the years, especially that of 2012, should served as a wake-up call to all stakeholders, hence the reason NEMA was collaborating with stakeholders to manage disaster risks and associated hazards.

According to her, the campaign on flooding is an initiative to save lives and livelihoods during the rainy season.

She said that there was a connection between improper waste disposal and flooding, hence the need for communities to avoid dumping waste indiscriminately in drains.

According to her, flooding will be minimised if residents take seriously proper waste management and to comply with all measures that will ensure a sustainable environment.

She said that her team was in Kwami because it is amongst the five LGAs in Gombe State that are predicted to be under the moderate flood risk areas, listing others to include Dukku, Yamaltu/Deba, Gombe and Funakaye.

“Our message is simple, they should not build houses along waterways or flood prone areas, evacuate from flood prone areas immediately to safer ground, clear drainages and waterways, and adhere to early warning alerts.

“NEMA is concerned about saving lives and property and that is why we are engaging all stakeholders to remind them of their roles as well as call for proactive measures,” she said.

Ahmad commended the Gombe State government for commencing desilting of storm drains as well as building waste collection centres in the state, adding that such was key to minimising impact of flooding in the state.

On his part, Mr Muhammad Khalid, the Special Assistant, Technical to the Executive Secretary of Gombe State Environmental Protection Agency (GOSEPA), Mr Auwalu Baba-Jada urged residents to imbibe the culture of proper waste disposal.

Khalid advised residents to always be vigilant and not encourage actions that could lead to flooding in their communities.
Our correspondent also reports that NEMA had earlier in the day, organised a training for key stakeholders tagged “Waste Segregation, Recycling and Composting Techniques, Proper Waste Management and Flood Preparedness to selected communities in Gombe State.”

The event which was held at Prof. Isa Ali-Pantami ICT Park, Gombe Statr University had participants such as community leaders, NESREA, SEMA, State Fire Service and Federal Firemen, officials of Ministry of Health, Environment, the Police, NSCDC and the media.

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African Group Backs Okonjo-Iweala for WTO Term

By Halima Abdulkadiri

The African Group at the World Trade Organization (WTO) presented a proposal at its General Council (GC) to re-elect Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as director-general of the organization.

Adebayo Thomas, the Director of Press and Public Relations at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, announced this in a statement in Abuja.

According to him, the proposal is for members to consider Okonjo-Iweala to run for another term as chief executive officer of the organization.

He said the proposal was also to enable the Chair of the General Council (GC) to commence the process of the appointment of the director-general as soon as possible.

He quoted Amb. Abdulhamid Adamu, Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the WTO, at the GC, as saying that members debated the issue.

“All members highlighted Okonjo-Iweala’s efforts and contributions to the organization, which have led to significant progress and development,” Adamu said. “They all affirmed that she deserves to be reappointed as the director-general. Almost 58 members from all regions supported the proposal.”

He added that members resolved that the General Council Chair should start consultations on the appointment process as soon as possible.

In response, Okonjo-Iweala thanked all members and assured them she would respond soon after consulting with her family.

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SGF Approves Eight New FRSC Deputy Corps Marshals

By Halima Abdulkadiri

Sen. George Akume, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), has approved the promotion of eight Assistant Corps Marshals to Deputy Corps Marshals (DCMs) of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

Olusegun Ogungbemide, Acting Corps Public Education Officer, announced this in Abuja on Monday.

Three of the new DCMs will proceed to immediate retirement, while the remaining five will fill vacancies in the South South, South East, South West, North Central, and North West geopolitical zones.

The promoted officers are DCM Clement Oladele (North Central), DCM Chidiebere Nkwonta (South East), DCM Sunday Iyamah (South South), DCM Musa Yerima (North West), and DCM Abiodun Akinlade (South West).

The retiring DCMs are Kingsley Agomoh, Jonas Agwu, and Zubairu Mato. SGF Akume praised the transparency of the promotion process and urged the new appointees to commit to the FRSC’s vision of reducing road traffic crashes and creating a safer motoring environment.

FRSC Corps Marshal Shehu Mohammed congratulated the promoted officers and emphasized the increased responsibilities their new ranks entail.

He encouraged them to stay focused and dedicated, and reassured all personnel of ongoing efforts to improve their welfare.

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