Abdullahi Ganduje, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has reacted to demolitions carried out by State Governor Yusuf Abba.
According to the state’s immediate previous governor, when the APC retakes control of the state, sanity would return to the Kano business community.
Remember that the State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal recently removed the incumbent Governor and proclaimed APC candidate Nasir Gawuna the winner of the March 18 governorship election.
On Tuesday, Ganduje reassured a group of Kano market youth leaders at his office at the party’s secretariat.
“It is unfortunate for the other issue that you raised,” he remarked. The issue of indiscriminate demolition was sad.
That was very unfortunate. They destroyed the economy of Kano. They destroyed business and trading in Kano.
“Many people are now sceptical about going to Kano for business. Even banks don’t accept certificates of occupancy, because they are not sure whether the certificate will be revoked tomorrow. Or even when you build, it will be demolished.
“You can see the extent of demolition of businesses in Kano. It is very unfortunate. But I have to congratulate you for taking the right steps. People who lost their property in Kano have taken the issue to court. And the court has already started giving verdicts for compensation. It is just the starting point for the people who take them to court. The answer to Kano politics is for the return of the APC and we are pursuing that.”
Earlier in his speech, Chairman of the market leaders, Umar Ladiyo, recalled the untold hardship suffered by the business community in the last four months.
“With the outgoing government in Kano, everybody knows what happened was a tragedy. The destruction of properties, businesses and many people have been thrown into crises. Some even lost their lives.
“The amount of money lost in Kano during the destruction was huge. The turnover that is being done is more than N2bn every day. Sadly, we have lost all that now,” he stated.