The political rivalry between Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and his predecessor, Engr. Rabiu Kwankwaso over the control of All Progress Congress in Kano grew worse as the police banned the planned mass wedding by Kwankwasiyya, a political movement owned by the former governor.
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Earlier, Kano State Hisbah Board commenced the registration of prospective couples on Aug. 8 in the government’s mass wedding programme. The Director-General of the board, Dr Abba Sufi, later said that it registered 1, 042 prospective couples in 18 local government areas of the state.
About the same time, Kwankwasiyya announced its plan to organise mass wedding in the state, and called on spinsters and men who were interested in match-making to register.
However, the exercise suffered a blow on Thursday following an order by the Kano State Police Command banning the programme.
The order was contained in a statement signed by the command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Magaji Majiya, and issued to newsmen on Thursday in Kano.
“The police has banned the two ceremonies indefinitely as security Intelligence available at our disposal revealed that some disgruntled elements are preparing to use the occasions to cause havoc in the state.
“Our prime responsibility is to ensure peace, tranquility, protection of lives and property as well as maintenance of law and order,’’ the statement reads in part.