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APC Battles Kano Governor Over Emirates Dissolution – Warns Against Looming Crisis, As Court Stops Sanusi’s Appointment



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The All Progressives Congress party youths under the umbrella of the APC Youth Crusaders for Peace and Development have lambasted Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State over the dissolution of five additional emirates created by former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje’s administration in the state.

The group which warned against a looming full-blown crisis in the state in a statement issued late Thursday accused Governor Yusuf and the presidential candidate of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso, of plotting to destabilise President Bola Tinubu’s administration.


The APC youth group said that the recent signing of what it described as a controversial bill abolishing the five emirates of the state by the governor has validated their concerns.

The dissolution of the Emirates was announced by the Senior Special Assistant on Digital Media to the state governor, Tuwita on X, stating that the bill was passed after it scaled third reading before the lawmakers.


The new law abolished the creation of the emirates and restored Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the Emir of Kano Emirate.


But the APC youth National Coordinator, Cyril Adamu, in the statement said that the group had earlier warned about what he described as a sinister plot by Governor Yusuf and other powerful figures in the state “to undermine Kano and Nigeria because Rabiu Kwankwaso did not win the last presidential election.”


Adamu stressed that the abolishment of the five emirates was part of the alleged plot, insisting that the governor’s action was intended to spark unrest in the state and in Nigeria in general to destabilise President Tinubu’s administration.

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The group said, “APC Youth Crusaders For Peace and Development has been vindicated by the recent action of the Kano State Governor, Abba Yusuf, signing into law a controversial bill to abolish the five emirates of the state.


“The AYCPD had revealed a sinister plot by Governor Yusuf and some powerful forces to destroy Kano and Nigeria, simply because Rabiu Kwankwaso didn’t win the last presidential election.


“Governor Yusuf being a Northerner and fully aware of the value the subjects of the emirates placed on the royal stools, decided to abolish the emirates just to spark unrest in the state in a bid to destabilise the administration of President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.


“The manner in which the controversial Kano State Emirate Council (Repeal) Bill 2024 was signed into law by the governor the same day it was passed by the state house of assembly, raised suspicions that it is a calculated move to destroy the traditional institutions in the state, and by extension, the peace and stability of the state and the country at large.


“Ever since Kano State was divided into five emirates — Kano, Rano, Gaya, Karaye, and Bichi — in 2019, the state has experienced increased peace and development. This is largely due to the multiple emirs leading peace talks and advocating for development.

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“However, Governor Yusuf seems to be disregarding these positive developments due to some political vendetta.


“In a show of political arrogance, the governor rudely ordered the royal fathers to ‘vacate their palaces within 48 hours’.


“The governor plans to revert Kano to a single emirate and reinstate the deposed Emir, Muhammadu Sanusi II. This could lead to a breakdown of law and order and a generational conflict between the ruling houses of Kano.


“Political unrest is already brewing in the state following the controversial bill’s signing into law.


“We are deeply concerned about this development and its potential to undermine the democratic process, threaten the safety and security of the citizens, and destabilize the entire region and country at large.


“This dangerous plot is a desperate attempt to discredit Tinubu’s administration in the North and pave the way for an easier run for Kwankwaso in 2027.”


According to the group, “Governor Abba Yusuf and his political godfather, Rabiu Kwankwaso, must cease using politics to disrupt the peace and stability of Kano State”.


It said, “Since taking office, Governor Yusuf has neglected his primary responsibility of providing good governance to the people of Kano state, choosing instead to pursue a personal vendetta against his godfather’s political enemies.


“This must come to an end. The people of Kano deserve better. Governor Yusuf’s feud with imagined enemies is plunging the state into chaos and anarchy.”

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