👤 By Abdul Tukur, DENISAURUS News
The spokesperson for Nysemoe Wike, the Governor of Rivers State, has hit back at the Governor of Kano, Abdullahi Ganduje who threatened to take his boss to court.
Governor Ganduje said he was instituting the case over the demolition of a mosque in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, on the orders of Governor Wike.
The Governor of Rivers has denied any mosque was demolished in Port Harcourt the Rivers State Capital.
His spokesperson has also stated that no mosque was demolished and the story was a fabrication.
He said: “For the umpteenth time, no Mosque was demolished by Governor Wike. No Mosque was demolished by the Rivers State Government.
“The story was a fabrication by one Alhaji Tobacco. The fabrication was orchestrated by Daily Trust and The Nation Newspapers for obvious mischievous political reasons. These baseless press releases confirm the ugly plot.”
The spokesperson said that “several journalists and civil society groups have visited the disputed land and no traces of any Mosque were found at the location. Governor Wike personally led journalists to the disputed land and the world saw that no Mosque existed there.”
He said that the Kano Governor, who was accused by a journalist of collecting million of dollars in kickback from contractors, was in the habit of making irresponsible comments about Rivers State.
“It beats my imagination that Kano State Governor, Abdulahi Umar Ganduje is still in the habit of making irresponsible comments about Rivers State. Up till now, Ganduje is yet to realise that Governor Wike is not dollars that he can pocket recklessly and sheepishly.”
He went on to explain that the “Rivers State Islamic Leader/Vice President General, Rivers State Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Nasir Uhor stated that there was no physical structure of a Mosque at the disputed land at Rainbow Town in Port Harcourt.”
He said the “insinuation that any structure was at that location was not true. He also admitted that a Rivers State High Court confirmed that the disputed land belongs to the Rivers State Government.
“Suit Number PHC/986/2012 between Registered Trustees of Trans-Amadi Mosque, Port Harcourt (Claimant) and the Commissioner, Ministry of Urban Development and Physical Planning, Rivers State, the Governor of Rivers State and the Attorney General of Rivers State (Defendants) was resolved by Justice G.O. Omereji on Tuesday, 27th November, 2018. This matter pre-dated Governor Wike.
“Justice Omereji of the Rivers State High Court held that: “The defendants have in Exhibits J, J1 and J2 inclusive of Exhibit K, which is the Certificate of Title, established that the land, the subject matter of this suit, was acquired in 1959 by the Government.
“My humble opinion is that the claimants have not established that they have better title to the land, the subject matter of this suit and they have not established that at the material time they were in possession and that the defendants do not have better title to the land”.
“The Court further ruled that the claimants had no approval to build on the disputed land.
“The entire world is aware of the above facts. Nobody has circulated any photographs or videos of the said Mosque that Ganduje and other APC Chieftains are harping on. They merely want to use a non-existent Mosque story to score ugly political points.
“Pray, what redress would Ganduje be seeking in court when he sues Governor Wike? Would Ganduje tell the court to relegate the Rivers State Ministry of Urban Development and Physical Planning and enthrone its Kano State Counterpart? Would Ganduje be asking the Court to hand over jurisdiction to Kano State High Court?
“Under the Land Use Act, the governor is responsible for allocation of land in all urban areas to individuals’ resident in the state or to organizations for residential, agricultural, commercial and other purposes. Perhaps, Ganduje would be telling the Court to deny the Rivers State Governor of such powers, while he retains same powers under the Land Use Act in Kano State.”
Governor Ganduje who plans to institute a legal case against Governor Wike, also faces a challenge against his own election that held in March 2019.
The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Kano has challenged Governor Ganduje’s election victory.
In an interview with DENISAURUS News, Sabature Dawakin-Tofa, spokesperson for the PDP Governorship candidate gave supporters of his boss more assurance of their victory in days to come
“This man (Governor Ganduje) does not mean well for Kano and its people. Which is why we contested against him, to make sure Kano is back to the glorious old days,” he went on to add.