Musa Kwankwaso, the District head of Madobi Local Government Area of Kano State and father of a former governor of the state, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has ‘withdrawn’ his allegiance to Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that Governor Abdullahi Ganduje on May 8 had created four additional emirates with First Class Emirs in the state, a move that was alleged to have been carried out to whittle down the influence of Emir Sanusi.
The creation of the new emirates has reduced Mr Sanusi’s control to only eight out of the 44 local government areas in the state.
According to the final amended copy of the law establishing the new Emirates, the Emir of Kano was allocated Kano Municipal, Tarauni, Dala, Nassarawa, Fagge, Gwale, Kumbotso and Ungogo Local Government Areas.
As a result, the Kwankwaso’s father, being the district head of Madobi, now pays allegiance to the Karaye emirate, which his district falls under.
While some district heads defied the new changes by either resigning or opting to remain in Kano, Mr Kwankwaso’s father switched loyalty to the new emir.
On Sunday, he led a group of village heads to the palace of the new Emir of Karaye, Ibrahim Abubakar II, to pay homage during the presentation of the Staff of Office to the emir by Mr Ganduje.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that there is an existing court order restraining Mr Ganduje from the presentation of staff of office to these newly appointed Emirs.
On Friday, May 10, a Kano High Court sitting at Ungogo, ordered the governor to maintain the status quo and take no further action.
The governor, however, defied the order and went ahead to present the emirs with their staffs of office, saying he was unaware of the court order.
In a related development, Haruna Sanusi, the district head of Bebeji local government area of the state resigned his appointment allegedly in loyalty to emir of Kano.
He therefore cited health ground and recent changes in the emirate system as reason for his resignation.