Nigeria

Katsina governor reappoints cabinet members after losing party primaries

The Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, has warned the state judges and members of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) against granting bail to arrested bandits, rapists and other criminals in the state.

Katsina State governor, Aminu Bello Masari, has reappointed some members of his cabinet who resigned their positions to contest in the recently conducted All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries for different positions.

Those reappointed are the Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Farouk Lawal Jobe, and his rural development counterpart, Mustapha Mahmud, who both contested for the state governorship ticket but lost.

The deputy governor, Mannir Yakubu, has also reassumed his position as Commissioner for Agriculture.

Other members of the cabinet reappointed were Special Adviser on Political matters, Kabir Shaibu, who contested for the Katsina Central Senatorial ticket; and the Special Adviser on Economic Empowerment, Abdulkadir Mamman Nasir, who contested for the House of Representatives ticket for Malumfashi/Kafur constituency.

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In his address, Masari said, “They remain part of us wherever they are. So, we feel the best thing to do is to request them to come back and they agreed to continue from where they stopped.

“With the new Electoral Act, everybody wanted to play safe. I have directed the Secretary to the State Government that the deputy governor should continue his assignment as Commissioner for Agriculture and he needs not be sworn in.”

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