KANO: State Government Tells Gov-elect Yusuf, Gov Ganduje Remains Incumbent, In Charge

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Gov Ganduje, Incumbent Governor of Kano State
Seeking to put matters in proper perspective as per governance in the state until May 29, 2023, the Kano State Government in Kano, North-West Nigeria, on Friday unequivocally said that incumbent Governor Abdulhahi Ganduje is still in charge of the administration of the state.
In the same vein, the Kano State Government advised Governor-elect Abba Kabir-Yusuf to restrain himself from issuing official pronouncements in form of public advisory in order not to cause unnecessary confusion in the state.
Instructively, the Governor-elect had on Thursday issued a public advisory to all individuals, groups and organisations, urging them to stop ongoing construction in public places immediately.
Reacting to Yusuf’s advisory, the Kano State Government in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Internal Affairs, Malam Muhammad Garba, urged the incoming administration to exercise patience and desist from causing confusion during the transition period.
Garba said that the action of the Governor-elect amounted to jumping the gun by issuing directive on a matter affecting government laid down policy, while the incumbent Governor is yet to run his full term.
The Commissioner stated that, as far as the division of power is concerned, as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Ganduje remained the Governor with executive powers until May 29.
The incumbent Governor, according to him, reserves the right to carry out his functions in public interest even on the eve of his exit.
“Until he subscribes to the oath of office as Governor on May 29, he remains what he is – a Governor-elect – and does not have the powers of the Governor.
“All he can do is to reverse some of the actions taken by his predecessor when he assumes office, if there is a valid reason to do so.
“No Governor-elect has the constitutional or legal powers to determine the direction of a state until he is sworn-in,” the statement added.
Garba noted that state governors wielded enormous powers to allocate plots, and, therefore, every government has undertaken such exercise, including the previous administration which the Governor-elect had served.
He also stated that, based on available records, the previous administration had made land allocation in some of the public places the Governor-elect categorically mentioned.
The Commissioner listed the City Wall with allocation of land from Kofar Nassarawa to Kofar Mata; shops at the Kofar Mata Eid Prayer Ground facing the Orion Cinema; and from Kofar Mata to ‘Yan-yashi opposite the Eid Ground, and from Kofar Kabuga to Kofar Famfo, facing the old Campus of Bayero University, as some of the allocations made by previous administrations.
Stressing that the advisory issued by the Governor-elect has generated a lot of tension in the state, Garba advised him to desist from such in order to avoid causing confusion.
He also called on individuals and organisations who acquired land after following due process and procedures not to be threatened by the notice.

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