New Emir Of Zazzau Emerges As Governor Nasir El-Rufai Applies Delay Tactics, Vote Buying Uncovered

  • New Emir Of Zazzau Emerges 
  • Governor Nasir El-Rufai Applies Delay Tactics 
  • Vote Buying Uncovered 

Kingmakers of Zazzau Emirate have picked Iyan Zazzau, Bashir Aminu, as successor to the late Emir, Shehu Idris, who died on Sunday at the age of 84,

The kingmakers include the Wazirin Zazzau, Alhaji Ibrahim Aminu, who is the Chairman, Makama Karami, Alhaji Muhammad Abbas, Fagacin Zazzau, Alhaji Umar Muhammad, Chief Imam of Zazzau, Sheikh Dalhatu Qasim and the Chief Imam of Kona, Sheikh Muhammad.

Tongues are currently wagging in Kaduna State over alleged “delay tactics” of Governor Nasir El-Rufai on the appointment of new Emir of Zazzau.

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Five kingmakers met on Thursday night and selected the possible replacements for the late monarch, Shehu Idris.

They are Ibrahim Aminu (Waziri Zazzau), Muhammad Abbas (Makama Ƙarami), Umar Muhammad (Fagacin Zazzau), Dalhatu Ƙasimu (Limamin Juma’a) and Muhammad Aliyu (Limamin Kona).

Idris, 84, passed away last Sunday at the Nigerian Army Reference Hospital in Kaduna.New Emir Of Zazzau Emerges

He was on the throne for 45 years.

The candidates recommended to the governor are Bashir Aminu (Iyan Zazzau) – 3 votes; Aminu Shehu Idris (Turakin Zazzau) – 1 vote; and Muhammadu Munir Ja’afaru (Yariman Zazzau) – 1 vote.

It was gathered that eight others, including sons of the deceased – indicated interest.

They are Ahmad Nuhu Bammali (Magajin Garin Zazzau), Abdulkarim Aminu (Wanban Zazzau), Aminu Umaru Idris (Dangaladiman Zazzau), Bello Umaru Idris (Baraden Zazzau), Saidu àMailafiya (Ciroman Zazzau), Shitu Dikko (Dangaladiman Waziri Zazzau), Sambo Shehu Idris (Sarkin Kudun Zazzau), and Yusuf Shehu Idris (Sadaukin Zazzau).

All eleven princes are from four dynasties of the Zazzau emirate.

Inside Sources on Sunday said that El-Rufai was dragging foot on the announcement of a new Emir, despite sending a team to monitor the process.

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They asserted that none of his preferred choice(s) made the top 3, even after three rounds of voting.

One said: “It was credible and transparent. In attendance were Secretary to the State Government, Head of Service, Commissioner for Chieftancy Affairs, Commissioner for Justice, DSS State Director, Commissioner of Police, and the kingmakers.

“The list of contenders was tendered and the SSG, Balarabe Abbas Lawal, laid out the conditions for voting. The kingmakers screened out 8 princes and voted for 3. There were three rounds of voting. After the first, the SSG called the governor to report the result.

“Another round was ordered but the outcome was the same. The SSG stepped out again to make another call. He returned to conduct the third round of voting. The result didn’t change. They then wrote a report and everyone signed.”

Another said: “In the governor’s speech on Wednesday, September 23, after the third-day prayer (for Idris), he prayed for the kingmakers to select an individual who will emulate the late Emir.

“The SSG coordinated the process with a new rigid set of rules. 20% for being a District Head, 15% for having a Degree or HND, 10% for Public Service, 10% for no proven adverse report, 15% for a good relationship with the public, 10% for physical fitness, and 5% for a national award.

“Three of the kingmakers voted for Iyan, while one each voted for Yariman and Turakin. Specifically, Limamin Kona, Limamin Gari and Waziri voted for Iyan (Bashir Aminu); Fagacin voted for Yariman (Muhammadu Munir Ja’afaru); and Makama for Turakin (Aminu Shehu Idris)

“The kingmakers voted in three rounds, but the outcome didn’t change. Based on the criteria and votes, Iyan scored 89%, Yariman 87% and Turaki 53%. They were asked to submit their report on Friday at the State House. They met the SSG and Commissioner of Chieftaincy Affairs, who asked them to explain why 8 eight princes were rejected.

“Now, the names of all 11 candidates have been sent for security clearance, instead of only the top 3. A report is being expected. This means the governor is trying to discard the result and appoint a prince, not on the shortlist. He should know that such will lead to a lawsuit.”

On Friday, the state government gave an update on the process in a statement.

“The SSG will avail the security agencies of the names on the shortlist for the necessary checks. It is the duty of the SSG to forward the recommendations and the associated security report to the Governor for his consideration”, El-Rufai’s spokesman, Muyiwa Adekeye.

Scandal uncovered
Kaduna Government sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, confirmed to this newspaper that the government is now accusing some of the kingmakers of receiving bribe and compromising themselves during the selection process.

One of the contenders is alleged to have induced some of the kingmakers for favorable result.

This, according to our sources, is why Mr El-Rufai has now decided to set aside the report submitted by the kingmakers.

The sources said the kingmakers suspected to have been involved in the scandal have confessed to the inducement.

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