- Governor Ganduje has reportedly relaunched plans to remove Muhammad Sanusi II as the emir of Kano
- The state House of Assembly on Monday, May 6, started moves to create four additional emirates in the state
- Sanusi's problem with Ganduje was said to have started when the former made a comment about the latter's administration
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has reportedly relaunched plans to remove Muhammad Sanusi II as the emir of Kano, The Cable reports.
Legit.ng gathered that the Kano state public complaints and anti-corruption commission on Monday, May 6, reopened investigation into the expenditure of the state emirate council under Sanusi II.
It was also learnt that at Monday’s plenary of the state House of Assembly, Kabiru Alhassan Rurum, the speaker, read a letter from one Ibrahim Salisu and others, seeking the creation of new Kano emirates in Karaye, Bichi, Rano and Gaya.
“The governor is determined to remove the emir, and if this does not succeed, he will break the emirate into pieces to whittle down Sanusi’s power,” an official of the state government, who asked not to be named, told the online news medium on Monday evening.
It would be recalled that just as Ganduje is trying to break the emirate into smaller units, his in-law, Governor Abiola Ajimobi, has done similar thing in Oyo state to decimate the power of Olubadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, by approving 21 beaded kings for Ibadan.
It was learnt that Emir Sanusi’s problem with Ganduje can be traced to his critical comments in 2017 on the award of contracts to Chinese companies by the state government and on the governor’s foreign trips.
Shortly after the comment, the Kano state public complaints and anti-corruption commission alleged the misappropriation of N6 billion by the Kano emirate council without the approval of the state government. The probe was halted then but it has now been revived.
Sanusi II is believed to have opposed the re-election of Ganjude, who needed a disputed supplementary election to be returned to office in the March 2019 governorship election.
In a letter dated May 2, 2019 and obtained by The Cable, the state anti-graft commission invited one Isa Bayero to appear before it to shed more light on the payment vouchers from 2013 to 2017 in his name.
Other officers in the emirate council to be quizzed, according to The Cable sources, include Mohammad Sani Kwaru, the accountant, Mannir Sanusi, the chief of staff, Danburan Mujittafa and Falakin Kano.
The letter said the commission was inviting the staff over alleged violation of section 26 of its enabling law in the management of the emirate’s funds.
The letter also stated that the invitation was sequel to the power conferred no it under “section 9 and 15 of Kano state public complaints and anti-corruption commission law 2008 (as amended).”
Sanusi II was appointed the 14th emir in 2014 after his suspension from office as governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) by former president Goodluck Jonathan.
Ganduje was the deputy governor to Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso when Sanusi II was appointed, but the former governor is no longer on good terms with his successor.
Kwankwaso supported his son-in-law, Abba Kabiru Yusuf, to challenge Ganduje, but the incumbent was returned with a score of 1,033,695 - a narrow difference of 8,982 votes.
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Ganjude lost the Kano municipal heavily, leading to rumours that he would come after the emir after the election.
Sanusi II is the grandson of Muhammadu Sanusi I, the 11th emir of Kano who was deposed in 1963 after a disagreement with Ahmadu Bello, the sardauna of Sokoto and premier of northern region at the time.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Kano state House of Assembly on Monday, May 6, started making moves to create four additional emirates in the state.
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