Abdullahi Ganduje, Kano state governor has initiated moves to create four new emirate councils in kano state, in order to whitle down the powers of Muhammadu Sanusi II, the Emir of Kano and head of the the state’s powerful Emirate Council.
The governor is seeking to establish the emirates through the State House of Assembly, which has a majority members from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and is led by Ganduje’s loyalists.
At a plenary session on Monday, Speaker of the House, Alhaji Kabiru Alhassan Rurum read a letter signed by one Ibrahim Salisu and others, seeking the creation of new emirates in Karaye, Bichi, Rano and Gaya.
A similar move was made about four decades ago by the late former governor of Kano State, Abubakar Rimi, when he created more emirates in the early 80s to settle scores with the late Emir Ado Bayero.
But the emirates did not last long as the succeeding administration of Sabo Bakinzuwo dissolved them in 1983.
Ganduje and Sanusi have not been on the best of terms since the conclusion of the March 9 Kano rerun in which the governor was declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The governor’s henchmen had accused the emir of supporting Abba Yusuf, governorship candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after Sanusi called for a free and fair elections when the elections were declared inconclusive.
However, when Ganduje emerged winner, his supporters who went on wild celebrations at the State Government House, used ladders too climb the wall to tore down portrait of Emir Sanusi in the Coronation Hall.