By Aliyu Dangida
Kano State Governor Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf has denied signing any agreement with the Presidency prior to the 12th January 2024 Supreme Court judgment on Kano Election Petition where he emerged victorious.
A statement by the Governor’s spokesperson, Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, on Monday described a document already circulating on social media indicating a four-term agreement between the Governor and the presidency as an imaginary piece, devoid of all iota of truth.
‘’For the purposes of emphasis, the rather fake agreement saying Governor Yusuf has accepted to cross carpet to the ruling APC, jettison purported claim to dissolve or allow the five emirates, discontinuing demolition of illegal structures and establishment of Kano Elders Council should be disregarded,’’ the statement said.
‘’The Governor would like to make it abundantly clear, that having secured his mandate through popular votes of the good people of Kano, and certified by a fair affirmation of Supreme Court judgment, he would not be intimidated by any political opportunist.
‘’Let me also remind those political jobbers hiding under the leniency of Mr. President that whatever political decision or direction that would be taken in Kano will be determined within the confines of the rule of law and executive powers vested in the office of the Executive Governor.’’
The statement, ‘’We debunk the rumour and state that no amount of blackmail will distract His Excellency Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf from delivering his laudable projects and programs for the good people of Kano state.’’
‘’Also worthy of note, the establishment of Kano Elders Council is a personal initiative of the Governor, which is aimed at finding lasting solutions to all solvable problems affecting the state’s socio-economic and political development. Hence, Governor Yusuf was not under pressure to form the council. ‘’
“Our attention has been drawn to a misconception making rounds on social media indicating an agreement between the presidency and Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf in the aftermath of the Supreme Court Judgment that affirmed the mandate of His Excellency.
“I wish to categorically state that Governor Yusuf did not enter into any agreement or condition with anybody before the Supreme Court Judgment. I therefore urged the public to dismiss the fallacy being orchestrated by enemies of progress.
‘It is on record that my lord, the Justices of the Supreme Court delivered a landmark Judgment with justice, equity, and fairness and largely protect the integrity of the judiciary. “
‘’The governor also expressed sincere appreciation to the President and Commander in Chief His Excellency Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR for allowing the level playing ground for justice to prevail through non-interference with the judicial process.’’
‘’The president has demonstrated profound leadership quality by ensuring fair play despite being pushed by some undemocratic elements from Kano and beyond. The President is a true democrat who will not undermine other political parties in the interest of his party.
“Let me state emphatically that Governor Yusuf has no prior agreement with the President. However, the president should rather be appreciated for maintaining neutrality, peace, and stability in Kano.
“No doubt, the refusal of the president to carry out the wishes of some prominent members of his party has brought about an enduring atmosphere in Kano.
On this single act, the good people of Kano will continue to appreciate Mr. President and pray for him to succeed in his administration.”
The governor had several opportunities to meet the president during all of his visits, and the discussions are centered around the development of Kano State.