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Court to determine fate of new Emirates in Kano

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The four-man committee on the feud between Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and Emir Muhammad Sanusi II has left the fate of the new emirates for the court to decide.

The committee, however, succeeded in persuading the governor to stay action on the ongoing probe of the Emir for alleged N3.4 billion fraud, which Sanusi said was non-existence.

But the Emir has been advised to stop making political comments.

The two parties are expected to continue to explore dialogue on grey areas which caused the crisis of confidence between them.

These were the highlights of the outcome of the session between the two parties which was held at Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi’s Abuja home.

The meeting was held at Fayemi’s home to make it as “private” as possible, according to a source, who said some of those who attended on both sides eventually leaked it in an attempt to outwit each other in the media.

The Nation learnt that the only knotty issue which the session could not address was what to do with the creation of new emirates.

The Emirates, which were created on May 8, 2019, are Gaya, Rano, Bichi and Karaye.

The House of Assembly on May 8 initiated and passed a bill splitting Kano Emirate into five emirates. But on May 10, a High Court in Kano ordered Ganduje, the Assembly, the Speaker, the Clerk of the Assembly and the Attorney-General from implementing the break-up of the Kano Emirate.

A source privy to the outcome of the peace meeting in Abuja said: “The peace committee did its best to persuade Ganduje to stay action on all disciplinary procedures already put in place, including alleged plans to depose the Emir of Kano.

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“The committee also noted that partisan political comments by the Emir aggravated the crisis of confidence with the governor. The Emir has been advised to avoid political comments or any form of partisanship.

“The two sides were further advised to explore more avenues for dialogue in the interest of the state. They both agreed to keep to the terms of the ceasefire.”

Responding to a question, the source added: “The only issue we have not been able to resolve is the creation of four new Emirates because the Emir went to court over it.

“We have decided to allow the court matter to run its full course pending when a political solution will be found to it. If there is no alternative, the court will determine the fate of the Emirates.

“A lot of things are involved in the creation of the new Emirates, including the passage of a bill into law and likely subjudice of the court process. These challenges are not what the committee can adjudicate on.

“But we believe that if there is a new understanding by both parties with all the stakeholders in the state, a solution is possible.”

The source said the committee expected the two parties to stick to the term agreed upon.

“This is not the first time there will be a ceasefire but it was breached. We hope the second intervention will work.

“If there is any further breakdown, no one will be able to help the situation anymore,” the source added.

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