By Emeka Mamah
KADUNAâ€” TheÂ Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Tambari Yabo Mohammed has said that his command has received intelligence reports indicating that some unidentified groups were planning to embark on protest over the nomination of the state Governor, Arch. Mohammed Namadi Sambo, as Vice President by President Goodluck Jonathan.
Mohammed, however, warned parents and guardians not only to warn but monitor the movements of their children or wards, so that they would not be used to foment trouble by some disgruntled politicians even as he said â€œthe security agents will deal decisively with anybody or groups who are trying to disrupt the peace in the state.â€
He further advised those planning to cause confusion in the state to think twice, because security agents had been placed on red alert to crush trouble makers.
The Police Commissioner spoke just as the state government denied insinuations making the rounds that SamboÂ dissolved the State Executive Council, SEC, yesterday and asked commissioners to hand over to the Permanent Secretaries.
There were media reports, weekend, that tension was mounting in the state following the nomination which will eventually pave the way for his deputy, Mr. Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa, a Christian from the southern part of the state, to be governor of the state.
For a long time now, the people from Yakowa’s area had been crying against alleged marginalisation, insisting that it was their turn to produce the next governor of the state.
However, since Governor Samboâ€™s name has been forwarded to the National Assembly for approval, Yakowa will automatically succeed him in line with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution.
Kaduna PDP denies reports
Also, yesterday, the state chapter of the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP, denied â€œas untrueâ€ reports that Sambo lobbied to be appointed Vice President.
Deputy Chairman of the party and Special Adviser on Political Matters to the Kaduna State governor, Alhaji Husseini Jallo said at a news conference that such speculations were the handiwork of people who were bent on creating discord among the people for their own selfish interest.
â€œWe are aware that some disgruntled people are trying to cause trouble in the state over the nomination of our governor as the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
â€œAs a Muslim, who believes in the will of Allah. I see the nomination of Arc Namadi Sambo as the will of God and the issue of lobbing is irrelevant because if you lobby for something and it is not the will of Allah, you will not get it,â€ Jallo said.
On the SEC
Reacting further to reports that Sambo has dissolved the State Executive Council, his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Alhaji Umar Sani, said nothing of such took place and advised the people of the state to avoid spreading rumours that were capable of destabilizing the state.
â€œThe Vice President-designate has not dissolved the cabinet. He has no reason to do so at this point in time. He is leaving for Abuja to join the President in moving the country forward and not to create difficulty in the state.
â€œI can assure you that nothing like that has happened. We are moving forward and those who are spreading such rumour are those interested in creating problem in the state.
â€œWe have heard the rumour and I am saying right now that there is nothing like that and he does not have that intention and so people should go about their normal duty and ignore such reports,â€ Sani said.