Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has appointed four new emirs in spite of a court order restraining from doing so.
The appointment comes 48 hours after he assented to a bill to split Kano emirate into five, in a move widely seen as depletion of Emir Muhammadu Sanusi’s influence.
Those named as new emirs are Aminu Ado Bayero (Bichi), Ibrahim Abdulkadir (Gaya), Tafida Abubakar (Rano) and Ibrahim Abubakar (Karaye).
Ado Bayero is one of the sons of the predecessor of Sanusi, the incumbent emir of Kano.
The new emirs, according to commissioner for information, Muhammad Garba, will receive their letters of appointment and staff of office at a ceremony at Sani Abacha Stadium on Saturday.
Speaking with journalists in Abuja earlier on Friday, Ganduje said he has nothing against Emir Sanusi II concerning the creation of new emirates in the state.
“So, it is not vendetta, I am not against him. In fact, he is supposed to be reporting to the local government chairman according to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“It is the local government chairman that he is supposed to discuss issues with not the governor.
“So, this is celebrated by the people of Kano State and we will make sure that the new emirate councils are effective in terms of developing Kano State,” the governor said.