BREAKING: Courts stops Ganduje from installing emirs for controversial emirates

A Kano High Court sitting at Ungogo on Friday granted an order restraining the governor of Kano Abdullahi Ganduje from taking any action to legitimize the establishment of new emirates of Rano, Bichi, Gaya and Karaye.

The governor, through jingles aired on local stations had announced plans to issue appointment letters to the new emirs on Saturday at Kofar Mata Indoor Sports Hall.

But Justice Nasiru Saminu, in a suit filed by one Nasiru Sule Gwarzo, gave an interim injunction directing all parties in the suit to maintain status quo pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

The judge also gave an order directing the state governor and Government Printer to halt the publication and release of the law that created the emirates.

Ganduje signed a law on Wednesday which created additional four rival emirates, a move that was widely seen as curtailing of Emir Lamido Sanusi’s influence.

The matter immediately took a political dimension with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members in the House saying that the additional four emirates were not properly created, accusing the All Progressives Congress (APC) majority of disregarding extant parliamentary procedures.

Two PDP House members, including the minority leader, told online portal Premium Times they received a court order against the new Emirates on Friday afternoon.

The lawmakers said the House was officially on recess and was not properly convened before the law was hurriedly passed on Wednesday.

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