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Osinbajo hails ‘bridge builder’ Tinubu on election victory

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday, in Abuja, felicitated the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, for emerging as the winner of the February 25 Presidential Election.

Osinbajo described the president-elect as a bridge builder whose immediate assignment is to reach out to disaffected sections of the electorate and to meet the expectations of the youth.

According to a statement signed on Wednesday by the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, Osinbajo said this when he joined other dignitaries at the international conference centre, Abuja, where Tinubu received his certificate of return from the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.

The statement is titled ‘Osinbajo to Tinubu: Your attributes, fidelity to progressive ideals needed at this time.’

In his address, the VP said “I warmly congratulate the flagbearer of our great party, the All Progressives Congress, His Excellency, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on his victory at the 2023 Presidential Elections, and his declaration as President-Elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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“I also congratulate His Excellency, Senator Kashim Shettima on his declaration as Vice President-Elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

Addressing the President-Elect, Osinbajo said “In your previous years of public service, you have demonstrated a consistent fidelity to progressive and welfarist ideals, and an ability to build bridges across several divides.

“These attributes are needed especially at this time, to reach out to disaffected sections of our society and to meet the aspirational expectations of our young people who have shown such a strong desire to impact our democratic process in a positive way.

“I trust that they will not allow whatever setbacks they may have experienced to truncate their strong desire to determine the future course of our national journey.”

He said through thick and thin, Nigerians must remain focused on the objective of birthing the Nigeria of their dreams.

“I pray that Almighty God will help you to fulfil the progressive mandate of our Party, as well as your various plans to improve the security, welfare and happiness of all Nigerians,” he added.

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Earlier at the weekly Federal Executive Council, the VP led Federal Ministers to congratulate the former Lagos Governor, his wife and First Lady-Designate, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, and the Vice President-Elect Senator Kashim Shettima.

The VP said, “We wish him the very best as he prepares to lead the country in the next few months.”

He then directed the Secretary to the Government of the Federation to formally convey the felicitations of the Council.

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UPDATED: Sanusi reinstated as 16th Emir of Kano

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Abba Yusuf, Kano state Governor, on Friday reappointed Muhammadu Sanusi II as the 16th Emir of Kano.

 

Sanusi received his letter of reinstatement at the Government House in Kano.

 

The governor said, “By the powers conferred on me by the Kano Emirate Council Law of 1984 and 2024, and supported by the recommendation of the kingmakers, I have the singular pleasure of confirming the reappointment of Muhammadu Sanusi II as the Emir of Kano and the head of the Kano Emirate Council.”

 

Yusuf noted that Sanusi’s reappointment was “based on his competence, credibility, and popularity,” urging the new Kano Emir “to be guided by the principles of Islamic teachings and to use his position to unite the emirate, fostering harmony among the Islamic sects in the state.”

 

The 16th Emir of Kano, Sanusi II, had initially ruled as the 14th Emir.

 

The beginning of Sanusi’s travail dates back to 2020 when he had a fallout with the former governor and present National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Abdullahi Ganduje.

The Kano House of Assembly would later pass a bill to split the Kano Emirate Council, majorly under Sanusi’s control, into five emirates, thereby lowering his influence.

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Afterwards, Sanusi was sacked and replaced by the recently deposed 15th Emir – Aminu Ado Bayero.

 

But the Assembly, on Thursday, May 23, 2024, dissolved all the five newly created emirate councils in the state – Bichi, Karaye, Gaya, Rano; including Kano, and passed the Kano State Emirate Council (Repeal) Bill 2024 which replaced the Kano State Emirates Council Law, 2019.

 

The 2024 Bill gave the way to reinstate Sanusi.

 

In addition, the governor gave the five emirs a 48-hour ultimatum to vacate their official residences and palaces.

 

Reacting to this, the governor, while recalling past events during the turmoil, said Sanusi was victimised when he was dethroned as the emir, adding that his reinstatement is good for the people of the state.

“We had a series of meetings with the kingmakers yesterday, extensive discussions with the Speaker, and we also sat with all the heads of security. At the end of the day, we all gathered in the chamber where I received the bill that repealed the former law, and we signed the new law repealing all the appointments.

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“We did that out of our convictions and belief that this gentleman was victimised in 2019. We all feel that we must restore what is due to the good people of the state.

 

“Let me use this opportunity to humbly thank the Speaker and all members of the House for your determination and respect for the rule of law. It shows your interest in the welfare of the people of the state,” Yusuf said.

 

Present at the event were traditional rulers, kingmakers, and other top dignitaries.

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BREAKING: Sanusi Lamido reinstated as 16th Emir of Kano

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The reinstated Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido has officially received his letter of appointment as the 16 Emir or Kano from Governor Abba Yusuf.

The event was held at the Kano State Government House on Friday.

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BREAKING: Sanusi arrives Kano to receive appointment letter 

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Sanusi Muhammadu Lamido, the reinstated Emir of Kano, has arrived at Kano State Government House to receive his letter of appointment prelude to resuming duty as the new emir.

 

The new first-class Emir of the state was honoured in a homecoming reception late Thursday.

 

Lamido is expected to be at the Africa House in Kano Government House for a mini-durbar ceremony by 10 a.m. today, from where he would proceed to the Nassarawa Emir’s palace.

 

From there, the Emir will lead the Muslim Jumat prayers (Friday) at the Kano Central mosque located at the palace in Kofar Kudu.

 

Kano State Governor, Abba Yusuf, on Thursday, reappointed Lamido as the Emir of Kano, four years after he was dethroned by a former governor of the state, Abdullahi Ganduje.

 

In addition, the governor deposed five emirs appointed by Ganduje and gave them a 48-hour ultimatum to vacate their official residences and palaces.

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Yusuf also directed them to hand over all affairs to the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.

 

However, the Federal High Court in Kano has issued an order stopping the Kano State Government from enforcing the Kano State Emirate Council Repeal Law.

 

Justice Mohammed Liman granted the order in an application by Alhaji Aminu Babba Dan Agundi, the Sarkin Dawaki Babba of the Kano Emirate.

 

In the lawsuit concerning the Emir’s seat, the respondents in the fundamental rights case are the Kano State Government, the House of Assembly, the Speaker, the Attorney-General, the Commissioner of Police, the Inspector-General of Police, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, and the State Security Service.

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