The death of the former emir of Zazzau emirate in Kaduna State shook the nation, drawing condolences from different quatres including politicians like former President, Olusegun Obasanjo.
The race for replacement is not proceeding as expected as reports have indicated the state’s governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai and the Emirate’s kingmaker allegedly disagreed on the choice of successor.
Allegedly due to discrepancies in the initial screening of potential replacements, the state government ordered a fresh process.
There are four princes considered to be strong candidates for the replacement, namely: Iya Bashir Aminu; Munir Ja’afaru; Ahmed Bamalli; Aminu Idris.
However, the kingmakers in their shortlist recommended three; Ahmed Bamalli, reportedly a close associate of the governor was excluded.
It was gathered that after the fresh screening, the kingmakers returned with the names of their initial nominees.
There was no immediate response from El-Rufai ever since the submission until recently when he dropped a hint of an ongoing plan to amend the Emirate and Chieftancy Law of the state during his presentation of the 2021 appropriation bill draft.
The move was interpreted in some quatres as a confirmation of the rumour he was planning to spit the emirate into three.
The current Zazzau Emirate comprises of 11 local government areas, including Zaria, Sabon Gari, Giwa, Kudan, Makarfi, Ikara, Kubau, Soba, Igabi, Kaduna North and Kaduna South.
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