In a perfectly timed saving of face, the Kano State House of Assembly yesterday called off its investigation of alleged misappropriation of funds and other infractions by the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi.
The House claimed that it resolved to drop the probe following a plea through a letter by the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, which was read by the speaker, Kabiru Alhassan Rirum, on the floor of the House.
On Sunday, a coalition of civil society groups in the state had also joined in calling on the legislators to stop the exercise.
In his letter, Governor Ganduje said he was calling for the investigation to be dropped as a result of interventions by highly-placed personalities in the matter.
These personalities, according to the letter, include the acting president, Yemi Osinbajo; party leaders; former heads of state Ibrahim Babangida and Abdulsalami Abubakar; Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar; and to businessmen and indigenes of the state, Aliko Dangote and Aminu Dantata.
However, investigations by knottedpost indicate that far from the benevolent act he’s selling this to be, Ganduje’s decision was a desperate attempt to save face and his political future in the face of rising tension with the Kwankwasiyya movement.
A reliable source informed us that elders and politicians warned the Governor in clear terms that the probe risked undermining his governorship and destroying any chance he had against Kwankwasiyya in 2019.
The Governor and Speaker also seemed to have embellished the intervention of the personalities mentioned in the letter. Knottedpost has been informed that IBB and Abdulsami Abubakar warned Mr Ganduje during his recent visit to Minna for the wedding of Halima Babangida while Mr Osinbajo and some senior members of APC’s national committee showed dismay at the manner in which he was “betraying the party’s principles” by politicising the issues raised by the Emir.
The final straw was reportedly a meeting the Governor had with some senior politicians just before celebrations for the State’s golden Jubilee kicked off, in the meeting, senior APC stalwarts in the state were said to have warned Ganduje that hostilities with the Emirate would give Kwankwasiyya the Governorship on a platter of gold. After the meeting, the Governor had a close door meeting with the principla officers of the Kano State House of Assembly were they came up with the face-saving letter. However, far from a seize fire, Gandujiya is said to be planning a way to weaken the Emirate by creating at least two more emirates. The proposals for the Emirate of Rano and an Emirate of Danbatta or Dawakin Tofa are in the works.