Abba Kabir Yusuf, the governor-elect of Kano State in Nigeria, has stirred controversy by directing lenders to seek his approval before granting any loan to the administration of the incumbent Governor Abdullahi Ganduje. The directive comes after a public advisory issued by Yusuf urging people to stay off public buildings and avoid constructing anything on government lands, schools, and other public places.
In response, Ganduje criticized Yusuf for making official pronouncements before assuming office and asked him to refrain from issuing directives to avoid confusion. Ganduje maintained that he is still in charge of the state until he hands over to his successor.
Yusuf, on the other hand, defied Ganduje’s warning and issued another public advisory asking lenders to seek his approval before granting loans to Kano State. This move has been perceived by many as a power play between the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano, which is currently in power, and the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), which won the governorship election.
The NNPP’s victory in Kano State, which is considered a stronghold of the APC, has caused political tension in the state. The directive by Yusuf to lenders has added fuel to the fire, with many questioning his authority as governor-elect to issue such a directive.
Ganduje, in his response, emphasized that no governor-elect has the constitutional or legal powers to determine the direction of a state until he is sworn in. He stated that Yusuf could only reverse some of the actions taken by his predecessor when he assumes office, if there is a valid reason to do so.
Yusuf’s directive has caused confusion and uncertainty among lenders who are unsure of who to seek approval from. The move has also been criticized by some who argue that it is an attempt to undermine the current administration.
Finally, the power play between the APC and NNPP in Kano State is likely to continue until the handover of power to the governor-elect in May. The directive by Yusuf has further deepened the rift between the two parties, and it remains to be seen how this will impact the state’s development in the long run.
Source: Daily Trust
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