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Islamic group raises alarm over ‘plot to depose Sultan of Sokoto’

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has expressed concern on anxiety over alleged plan to depose the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) had stated that it had no hand in the plot to remove the Sultan if the party wins the governorship election in Sokoto.

Hundreds of youths had on Monday staged a demonstration round the city over the matter.

Addressing newsmen at the palace, one of their leaders, Murtala Abdulrahman, said, “We are at the palace to alert the Sultan to the evil plot by the APC to remove him if they win the governorship election.

“They alleged that the Sultan has not been supporting the APC. They are saying, ‘new government, new Sultan.’ We will not allow them to rubbish our traditional ruler. We shall put them to shame.”

But state chairman of the APC, Isa Acida, addressing journalists at the party secretariat, described the claim as a plot by Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, ahead of governorship election.

He accused PDP state chairman, Alhaji Ibrahim Milgomaof making statements capable of throwing Sokoto into turmoil.

Reacting on Wednesday, MURIC insisted that the sultanate must be given immunity from deposition.

MURIC Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, in a statement, said: “There is need to go beyond mere debunking of this allegation to dethrone the Sultan”.

“The system (the sultanate) must be strengthened in such a way that it is made impossible for anyone, governor or even president, to wake up one day and say he wants to depose the Sultan.

“We are talking of the head of all Muslims in Nigeria and a single person will just dethrone him just by snapping a finger. The Sultan does not head Sokoto sultanate alone. He is the President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA). He deserves tons of respect.

“But the reality on ground goes beyond grandstanding. The extant laws are on the side of the state governor if he decides to depose the Sultan. Section 6 Cap 26 of the Laws of Northern Nigeria empowers the governor to do that with any emir in his state. He hires and fires them. This was how Sultan Ibrahim Dasuki was removed by a military governor in 1996.

“It was made possible because the Sultan is a traditional ruler. Yet Article 7 Section (i) of the Constitution of the NSCIA stipulates that the Sultan of Sokoto shall be its President-General. This shows that Section 6 Cap 26 of the Laws of Northern Nigeria constitutes a potent threat to Article 7 Section (i) of the Constitution of the NSCIA.

“Our position is that one of the two must give way and we believe it has to be the Sokoto law on traditional rulers. This is because NSCIA constitution is national whereas the laws of Sokoto are for Sokoto state only. This law must be repealed to grant immunity to the Sultan. It will continue to affect other emirs but it will have no power on the Sultan.”

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Governorship election: Live supplementary polls results from Plateau State

Results of the supplementary governorship election in Plateau State have started trickling in.

The rerun elections are ongoing in four other states such as Kano, Bauchi, Benue, Sokoto.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had declared the exercise in these five states as inconclusive.

The commission had declared winners in the governorship elections in only 22 states.

However, the Returning Officers (ROs) in Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Kano, Plateau and Sokoto states, declared the elections as inconclusive.

The supplementary elections will be held in the affected states today, March 23.

Follow Arewa.Ng, on this thread for results from Plateau State as declared by INEC.

Here is the result for the governorship supplementary poll at Plateau Hotel Polling Unit, Jos North LGA, Plateau State as announced by the Presiding Officer, Abdulaziz Mohammed.

PDP – 158

APC – 78

SDP – 1

Total number of votes: 237
Registered voters: 853.

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PDP Asks INEC To Cancel Kano Supplementary Elections — But APC Says No

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) have disagreed over the calls by the former for the cancellation of elections in the state.

Addressing journalists on Saturday, Alhaji Rabiu Suleiman Bichi, state chairman of PDP in Kano, urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cancel the ongoing supplementary elections in Kano “with immediate effect”.

According to Bichi, the decision was based on reports received by the party that some “PDP agents have been molested, vehicles burnt, property destroyed in Doguwa, Nasarawa, Minjibir and Tudun Wada Local Government Areas of the state”.

PDP alleged that security personnel gave hoodlums cover to unleash mayhem on their supporters.

He also claimed that some political thugs were imported from neighbouring states to cause chaos in the ongoing supplementary elections.

However, Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas, Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano, debunked the allegations of the PDP that there was mayhem during the conduct of the supplementary elections.

Speaking at media briefing in Kano on Saturday, he said the election was conducted peacefully and devoid of violence and thuggery.

He referred to the allegations by the PDP as “baseless and untrue”, and called on the general public to remain calm and wait for the final results by INEC.

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JUST IN: Police Send Reinforcement To Kano After Electoral Violence

The Police Command in Kano State have sent a reinforcement of security personnel to Gama Ward of Nasarawa Local Government to beef up security at polling units located in the ward.

Abdullahi Haruna, a Deputy Superintendent of Police and Public Relations Officer of the Command, disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Kano.

Gama has been in the spotlighted for the incidents of violence, voter intimidation and ballot box burning and snatching that tainted Saturday’s supplementary governorship election in Kano, even leading to calls for the cancellation of the exercise.

Abdullahi said the deployment of additional security personnel to the areas followed the visit of Anthony Michael, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), to the area.

He explained that following the report on the security challenges at the area, the DIG visited the ward to assess the security situation in the area.

The PPRO said the deployment of additional security personnel was necessary as part of efforts to enhance security as well as ensure the protection of lives and property in the affected areas.

He also denied reports of the alleged arrest of Commissioner for Special Duties, Muktar Ishaq.

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