Details have emerged of alleged infractions by the Emir of Kano, Mallam Muhammadu Sanusi II, for which Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has taken some drastic actions. The actions of the governor are seen to be targeted at the monarch. Last week, the Kano State governor signed into law, a bill creating four new emirates in the state. Also, the anti-corruption agency of the government reopened an investigation into the finances of the Kano Emirate Council, the body overseeing the state’s traditional institutions, headed by Emir Sanusi.
One of the sources said Sanusi also directed district heads in the state not only to vote for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in their respective domains but to ensure that the All Progressives Congress (APC) was defeated in the general elections.
However, a Kano High Court had issued an order stopping Ganduje from appointing new emirs pending the determination of a suit challenging the action filed before it by two state legislators. Coming after the 2019 general elections, Ganduje’s actions have been interpreted as the fallout of the emir’s display of open partisanship during the polls, which saw the governor winning only after a second round of voting.
“I’m not in a position to speak to press on this issue because there are other senior council members.”