Nigeria: PDP Leaders Meet Over Kano Emirate Split

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State

Abuja — Leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the weekend met over the establishment of new Emirates in Kano and expressed concern that it could lead to crisis in the state, LEADERSHIP gathered yesterday.

The critical stakeholders of the PDP, who met in, Abuja to review the state of the nation, were said to have expressed worry over the attempt to cause crisis in Kano by the ill-advised fragmentation of the Kano Emirate and the renewed clamp down on opposition leaders.

Some of the leaders at the meeting include the national chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, Senate President, Bukola Saraki; vice presidential candidate of the party, Peter Obi; former governor of Kano State,Sen. Musa Kwankwanso; former governor of Cross River, Liyel Imoke; former Baraje, Former governor of Benue, Gabriel Suswam, Governor-elect in Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha among others.

It was learnt that the party will hold a National Executive Committee (NEC) and other caucuses meeting this week to review the state of the nation and address Nigerians on steps to be taken.

According to a source at the meeting who pleaded anonymity, the opposition leaders faulteda the moves to fragmentise the Kano Emirate and whittle down the influence of the Emir of Kano, without being sensitive to the reality of the crisis such can cause in the Emirate.

"Our leaders are particularly worried over speculations that certain elements at the Presidency and the Kano state government are behind the plans to balkanize the Kano Emirate and strip the sitting Emir of his influence and powers as punishment for allegedly not supporting the APC in the general elections. Such is not the way to go in a country that is already facing security issues," the source at the meeting said.

The stakeholders, the source said were concerned that certain individuals at the Presidential Villa are behind the splitting of the Kano Emirate.

They expressed fears that such might extend to the Sokoto Caliphate if they are allowed to manipulate the Court processes against the victory of Governor Aminu Tambuwal, it was gathered.

The party leaders were also said to have deliberated on the PDP election petitions that will end at the Court of Appeal, noting that those cases might not get justice as a result of alleged partisanship of the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa.

It would be recalled that the PDP had demanded that Justice Bulkachuwa recuse herself from the Presidential Election Appeals Panel on account of alleged partisanship and bias in her statement that no matter how well election is conducted, there are bound to be complaints.

The source added that the opposition leaders lamented the alleged 'vindictive' actions of the APC administration including fears of plots to clamp down on Peter Obi and other PDP leaders as well as the alleged "personal vendetta mission against Senate President Bukola Saraki by the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu."

The PDP leaders were said to have frowned at allegations that the EFCC acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, is bent on dealing with Senator Saraki over the refusal by the Senate to confirm him as substantive Chairman of the EFCC.

The opposition leaders were also gathered to have expressed concerns over an alleged plot by the EFCC to clamp down on officials of Rivers State Government, despite the order of the High Court restraining it from doing so.

According to the source, "as a patriotic party, committed to the stability of our nation, our leaders have been concerned about the anguish Nigerians are passing through as a result of the escalated insecurity in our country; the unabated killings and kidnappings in Zamfara, Borno, Kaduna, Taraba, Yobe, Adamawa, Kogi, Plateau, Gombe, as well as Abuja and other states of the federation.

"All these are happening because we have an incompetent administration that attaches no value for the wellbeing of our citizens; we have an insensitive administration that has failed to move beyond lip service and effectively tackling the security situation in the country."

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