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Emirate crisis: Kano govt, lawyer differ on court ruling

The Kano State Government and a lawyer, Abba Hakeem, have disagreed over the ruling of the Federal High Court in Kano on the emirate crisis rocking the state.

Recall that the court had set aside the law which dissolved the emirate councils in Kano and subsequently reinstated Muhammadu Sanusi II as the 16th emir of Kano.

The court also asked the Kano State Government to maintain status quo on the Kano Emirate law which saw the appointment of Emir Aminu Ado Bayero as the 15th emir of Kano.

In a heated conversation on ChannelsTV’s Politics Today on Friday evening, Sani Bature, the chief press secretary to Governor Abba Yusuf Kabir, argued that the ruling affirmed the dissolution of the five emirates created in 2019.

But the lawyer argued that repeal of the law setting up the five emirates was set aside by the court.

“People need to understand that yesterday’s judgment is in our favour because of several reasons. One, the judgment accepted the validity of the repealed law 2024, which invalidates the five emirates and also deposed the five Emirs in Kano,” Bature said.

“So, therefore, at the moment and based on yesterday’s judgment, Aminu Ado Bayero and the other four Emirs were officially deposed and they should remain deposed until the determination of the appeal that was filed by us.”

Countering the CPS’s claims, Hakeem said, “The ruling of the Federal High Court yesterday was very clear. In fact the certified true copy of that ruling is currently going round on social media and it is clear that the first order given by that court is that all actions taken portion to the 2024 Kano State repealed law are set aside.

“The second order was that that does not affect the validity or invalidity of the law because it is a subject of a substantive suit which is still pending before the court.”

Politics Nigeria recalls that the judge overturned all the actions taken by Governor Yusuf after the controversial law was amended by the Kano State House of Assembly on May 23.

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