…SWC voids ex-gov’s suspension, suspends ward leaders for 6 months

Hours after the All Progressives Congress (APC) ward chapter in Ganduje, Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area of Kano State suspended the National Chairman of the party, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, the State Working Committee of the party in the state cracked its whip, lashing out sanctions on some ward party leaders.

Leaders in Ganduje’s ward had on Monday suspended the APC national chairman.

The party ward legal adviser, Halliru Gwanzo, announced the suspension while addressing newsmen in Kano.

Gwanzo cited allegations of bribery against Ganduje levelled by the Kano State Government as the reason for the suspension.

“We decided to suspend Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje from the party due to the seriousness of the allegations against him,” Gwanzo said.

However, in a quick counter, the party’s local government officials thwarted the suspension and sacked those behind it.

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The APC Dawakin Tofa Local Government chairman, Inusa Dawanau, told newsmen that those behind the suspension of the national chairman were caught in anti-party activities, adding that their records of meetings with the opposition were exposed.

Adopting the suspension of the ward APC leaders, the State Working Committee of the party said they have sanctioned the perpetrators for six months, saying that a special investigations panel has been set up to verify several allegations against them.

The Kano APC chairman, Abdullahi Abbas, said the decisions of the LG party leaders have since been adopted.

“We have evidence of meetings between the state government officials and those that suspended the National Chairman. The state working committee has agreed to sanction them for six months and they stand now suspended,” he said.

Recall that the Kano High Court had said Ganduje will on April 17, 2024 be arraigned on charges bordering on allegations of bribery, diversion, and misappropriation of funds, including the purported acceptance of $413,000 and N1.38bn in bribes.

The Kano State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Haruna Dederi, who confirmed the development, said Ganduje would be arraigned alongside his wife and six others.

The accused individuals, as listed in the writ of summon, include Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Hafsat Umar, Abubakar Bawuro, Umar Abdullahi Umar, Jibrilla Muhammad, Lamash Properties Ltd, Safari Textiles Ltd, and Lesage General Enterprises.