The opposition party in Kano State, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has taken the state government to court to reverse its decision to allocate Daula Hotel and Shahuci car park to individuals.
PDP’s governorship candidate in the state’s 2019 governorship election, Abba Kabir Yusuf (Abba Gida-Gida) instituted the court action, querying the allocation of the two public properties to Mudatex and El-Samad, two privately-owned business entities.
PDP was seeking an order to perpetually restrain the government and all the other defendants from tampering, building or developing on the public properties except for public purposes, while praying he court to declare the said allocations to individuals as invalid, illegal, unconstitutional, null and void.
Joined in the suit are Mudassir Idris, El-Samad Nigeria Ltd, Kano state bureau for land management, ministry of works and infrastructural development, ministry of housing and transport, as well as the attorney general of Kano state.
State commissioner of information Muhammad Garba had issued a press statement two weeks ago to say that the state executive council has given “its nod for the construction of an ultra-modern and multi-purpose shopping mall at former Daula Hotel premises in Kano metropolis.
Sources within the council had told Judicial Sketch the allocation of Daula Hotel to Mudatex was done in a shoddy manner. They said the owner of Mudatex was only invited to the council to make a presentation, and that no agreement was reached on the allocation that was later announced.