Emir Sanusi: Kano Assembly to approve new Emirates as Ganduje moves against monarch

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Kano State House of Assembly may approve the request for the creation of four new Emirates, a development that would reduce the powers of Emir Lamido Sanusi.

When the request is made a law and signed by Governor Umar Ganduje, the 4 new Emirates – Bichi, Gaya, Karaye and Rano – will no longer be under the Emir’s control.

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers had kicked against the move, stating that it was a political move against the Emir.

But on Tuesday, the assembly received a report from its joint committees on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and Judiciary after considering a petition for upgrading some traditional rulers to first class emirs.

Majority Leader, Baffa Babba Danagundi (Kano Municipal), presented the report which was unanimously endorsed by all the members present at the plenary when the Speaker Kabiru Alhassan Rurum, tabled it.

It subsequently passed first reading unopposed and may pass second and third readings today.

A member told Daily Trust that the Assembly was set to forward it to the state governor Abdullahi Ganduje for his assent.

“I can assure you, we are going to finish everything Wednesday and after passing the bill into law, we will send same to the governor.

“We are lucky that the report of the joint committees of the House on Local Government and chieftaincy Affairs and Judiciary has taken care of more than 95 per cent of the work even before this development come up,” he said.

Although the new petition to break the Kano emirate council was signed by Mallam Ibrahim Salisu Chamber on behalf of the African Institute for Legal Aid (WAILA), it is widely believed that Governor Ganduje sponsored it.

Sources say Ganduje is angry that the Emir Sanusi supported Abba Kabir Yusuf, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) supported by Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso in the last governorship election.

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