…as Kwankwaso visits to put house in order
Police officers who were armed to the teeth yesterday stormed the Kano State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) secretariat, dispersing hundreds of Kwankwasiyya members, including some House of Representatives members and other top Kwankwaso followers, who were holding a meeting.
The police officers, who said they were acting on a High Court order which had restrained dissolution or otherwise of Senator Masaud Jibril Eldoguwa state executive officers, did not hesitate to chase away hundreds of Kwankwaso followers holding meetings at the venue.
A Kano High Court had restrained the national headquarters of the Peoples Democratic Party and its chairman from tempering or disfiguring the existing state executive structure of the party under its elected Chairman, Senator Masaud Jibrin Eldoguwa.
The presiding judge, Justice N. S. Umar, in his ruling, said that an order had been granted, compelling applicants and the respondents to maintain the status quo ante pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
Also, the judge said in his ruling on a case filed by the state Chairman of the PDP, Eldoguwa, that an order of interim injunction was further granted restraining any other person or persons from interfering or tempering with the tenure of the existing leadership structure in Kano.
He said on behalf of the 1st and 2nd respondents, Senator Jibrin Eldoguwa and the PDP, the court restrained any other person or persons from disturbing and or intimidating the administration of the state, local government areas or ward officers from doing anything or taking any step that is likely to interfere with or disturb the officers’ tenure, which is protected under section 47 (1) and section 223(1) (a) of the 1999 Constitution.
The presiding judge, Justice Umar issued an order to the applicants to serve the 1st and 2nd respondents the originating process outside the jurisdiction of his court at Federal Capital Territory Abuja.
He then fixed November 5, 2018 to hear the notice on motion.
All efforts to hear from the state police spokesman, DSP Musa Majiya, probed abortive.
Meanwhile, the leader of the Kwankwasiyya movement, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, yesterday sneaked into Kano, in what appeared a desperate move to put his house in order.
It will be recalled that a fresh crisis broke out within the ranks of the Kwankwasiyya group at the weekend, when the former governor picked his son-in-law, Abba Kabir Yusuf, as his choice for the 2019 governorship election on the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano State, a move that had created tension among members of the movement and had sent tongues wagging among his followers.
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