“New Governor, New Emir”: Calls for Sanusi’s Reinstatement After Yusuf’s S’Court Victory Heighten

“New Governor, New Emir”: Calls for Sanusi’s Reinstatement After Yusuf’s S’Court Victory Heighten

  • Governor Abba Yusuf has been slammed with a fresh request following his Supreme Court victory
  • NNPP supporters who received him back into Kano state have urged Yusuf to give them a new emir
  • Political pundits believe this would reignite fresh calls in the state for the reinstatement of the deposed Kano Emir, Sanusi

Legit.ng journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

Teeming supporters of Kano state governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, have made a fresh demand.

They have urged Governor Yusuf to revisit the law splitting the old Kano Emirate into five.

Abba Yusuf, Sanusi, NNPP supporters, Kano state, Supreme Court
NNPP supporters, while celebrating Governor Yusuf's win recently, demanded a new emir. Photo credit: Abba Kabir Yusuf
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The aim is to reinstate the deposed 14th Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi, who was dethroned by the immediate former governor of the state, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, in March 2020.

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NNPP supporters call for Sanusi's reinstatement

Recall that Governor Yusuf was among the governors who emerged victorious at the Supreme Court in Abuja on Friday, January 12, 2024.

The apex court upheld the election of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) candidate as the governor of Kano state on Friday, January 12, 2024.

But the NNPP supporters, who trooped out on Sunday, January 14, to welcome the governor after his Supreme Court victory, restated their call with chants of "New Governor, New Emir", a chant that has become synonymous with the call for the reinstatement of the deposed emir.

Meanwhile, sources familiar with the issue disclosed that the call is gaining momentum, adding that a bill seeking the reversal of the creation of new emirates will soon be sent to the state assembly.

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Reacting to the development, the spokesman to the governor, Sunusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, in an interview with Daily Trust, said Governor Yusuf has not decided on the issue yet, adding:

“There have been these types of clamour right from our campaign days; it’s not a new thing in Kano. Only time can tell.”

How Sanusi was dethroned and banished

Emir Sanusi was dethroned because of insubordination and was banished to Loko and Awe in Nasarawa state.

However, the Federal High Court in Abuja declared illegal and unconstitutional Sanusi's banishment, and he was therefore allowed to travel freely.

After Sanusi was removed from office, Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, showed the biggest support for the deposed Kano Emir.

El-Rufai gave the former monarch two key appointments and paid him a visit in Nasarawa and Lagos states, a move that was not well received by the Kano APC.

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Kano Supreme Court judgement: Yusuf delighted

Legit.ng earlier reported that Governor Yusuf reacted to the Supreme Court verdict that affirmed him as governor, saying he feels extremely happy.

The governor said the apex court declared that there was no illegality regarding the Kano state governorship election.

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Esther Odili (Politics and Current Affairs Editor) Esther Odili is a journalist and a Politics/Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng with 6+ years of experience. Before joining Legit.ng, Esther has worked with other reputable media houses, such as the New Telegraph newspaper and Galaxy Television. She Holds OND and HND in Mass Communication from NIJ, where she was recognized as the best student in print journalism in 2018. Email: esther.odili@corp.legit.ng.