Federal Government has revoked the plot of land allocated to Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, in highbrow Maitama District of Abuja.
The revocation order which was handed down by Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Bala Mohammed, accused the Governor of violating the Land Use Act and the Abuja master plan while erecting structures on the plot.
Kwankwaso is one of the seven Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors who have been branded ‘rebel Governors’ by the party following their disagreement with the mainstream that led to the formation of a splinter PDP group now known as New PDP.
The Governor acquired the land measuring 2,500 square metres during the sale of government houses under former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
A source close to the Development Control Department of the FCT Administration explained that the Governor later decided to expand the plot by acquiring the green area space adjoining the land, and applied to the authorities to do so.
Kwankwaso got an approval but with the condition that he would not erect permanent structures on the extension, but restrict its use to the approved purpose which is for recreational garden.
The source added that the Governor, however, disregarded the condition and the guideline and erected permanent structures on the extension.
The source said it was “unbecoming of a state Governor and a former minister who should have known better, to erect illegal structure in flagrant contravention of the Abuja Master Plan and Green Area rules in the FCT.”
The official pointed out that following the revocation of title deed of Kwankwaso’s plot, FCT Development Control Department may have to demolish the “illegal structure.”
Source: Daily Independent