Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has concluded plans to forcefully dethrone the Emir of Kano, Sanusi II over his refusal to help the incumbent governor rig in the just concluded gubernatorial elections in the state SaharaReporters can confirm.
A very credible source familiar with the situation told Saharareporters “it is true, plans are in top gear. The governor felt Sanusi’s call for free and fair elections in the state was an affront on his plans to return to office and that it means he was backing former governor Rabiu Kwankwaso”.
“The first plan is that they now want to probe how he (Sanusi II) is spending emirate funds as they did before” the source revealed.
In consonance to what our source revealed, on the May 7th, 2019, the Kano state Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission opened a fresh probe on the alleged financial mismanagement in Kano Emirate Council under the watch of Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II.
The commission invited two of the Emirs uncles and brothers to appear before it on Thursday; they are to answer questions on what they know over alleged financial scandal rocking the Kano Emirate Council.
The source further told SaharaReporters, the second step is to “pick up the account details and then give it to the media to embarrass Sanusi and use that as a basis to dethrone him”.
The third step, “is to create new emirate councils that will serve as a bulwark against the Emir”.
The Kano State House of Assembly on Monday initiated a move to create four additional Emirate Councils in the State that would elevate the current status of some District Heads to First Class Emirs.
This move according to our source is to mobilize elements within the emirate loyal to Governor Ganduje to present a united front in ousting the Emir.
Governor Ganduje’s re-election was marred by electoral violence allegedly sponsored by the governor.
Armed men armed with machetes, knives and cudgels took over polling stations, assaulting observers and journalists in Kano, northwest Nigeria.
It was this act that Emir Sanusi reportedly condemned which earned him the enmity of the governor.
Governor Ganduje is also enmeshed in a huge bribery scandal which has cast a question on his integrity and the anti-corruption agenda of the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration
On October 15, 2018, a video of Gov. Ganduje receiving a kickback from contractors surfaced.
Shortly after, the Kano State Government revoked three contracts awarded to Tiamin Multi Services Ltd, a company belonging to Aminu Mohammed.
Mr. Mohammed is believed to be the contractor behind the videos showing the state governor Ganduje receiving kickbacks in US dollars from one of the contractors. The three projects were worth N1.6 billion.
President Buhari’s reacting to the clip while responding to question in the build-up to the 2019 general elections said: "That clip, somebody brought it to me of how the Kano Governor was receiving dollars and smiling and putting it in his pocket.
"I don’t know the extent of technology used and I can’t answer now because the state assembly has gone to court I decided not to talk about it, and the state assembly constitutionally could have dealt with that but then I heard the matter was taken to court," Buhari said.