FACT-CHECK: Did Kano Councilor Appoint 18 Aides?

VERDICT: True

CLAIM:

On Friday, March 12, 2021, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a trending tweet that a Kano State Councillor had appointed 18 aides to work with him.

The tweet shared by a Twitter user, @UncleAnass said the aides appointed by the councilor include Personal Assistant, Principal Private Secretary, Special Assistant on Religious Affairs, Political, Non-Governmental Organisations, Humanitarian and Social Media.

The tweet which ended with a laughing emoji read: “Hilarious: meet Kano councilor who appoints 18 aides including Personal Assistant, Principal Private Secretary, SA Religious Affairs, SA Political, SA NGOs, SA Humanitarian, and SA Social Media.”

FACT:

An investigation by the CDD shows that the claim that a Kano State Councillor appointed 18 aides is true.

The Councillor who represents Guringawa Ward in Kumbotso Local Government Area of Kano State, Honourable Yusuf MuslihuYusuf Ali, has confirmed his appointment of 18 aides.

In a press statement released on Thursday, March 11, 2021, and seen by CDD, Ali listed the names of 18 new members of his cabinet.

Also speaking to a CDD fact-checker, Ali who conformed the appointment said although there is no provision for their appointment, the aides would be sworn in later.

Ali said: “Well, it’s something I thought of not because I want to create attention or be different from my fellow councilors, but I did it because I think it is good for me and to also indicate to the society that political seat can be used to get things done properly so long as that does not violate the provision of the constitution.”

CONCLUSION:

The claim that a Kano State Councillor has appointed 18 aides including a Principal Private Secretary is true.

The councilor, Honourable Muslihu Yusuf Ali confirmed the appointment to CDD fact-checkers.

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