Rabiu Kwankwaso, the man who served eight years as the People's Democratic Party''s (PDP) governor of Kano State has returned to public eye. This time around, he is pointing his fingers at his successor and incumbent All Progressives Congress' (APC) governor of Kano, Umar Ganduje, for the dethronement of Emir Sanusi II.
Sanusi II, a unique figure and a vocal critic, was appointed as the Emir of Kano back in 2014 by then Governor Kwankwaso after the former Emir, Muhammad Sanusi I, passed away. His enthronement came at the time when he had just been sacked as the Central Bank's governor by then President Jonathan.
After Kwankwaso was succeeded by Ganduje in 2015, Sanusi became critical of his government's and the APC's policies.
Sanusi II was suddenly deposed from his position as Emir of Kano in March of 2019 by Governor Ganduje on the basis that he showed "total disrespect" to the Kano State government.
Kwankwaso, in a statement signed by his Principal Private Secretary, Muhammad Ali, on Tuesday said Ganduje couldn't stand the influence of Sanusi II, as such found a way to get rid of him.
The statement reads in part:
"We know that Ganduje always feels diminished and inferior in the presence of the Emir, and we know that Gov Ganduje harbors a pathological hatred for the Kano Traditional Institution, that was why he had to dethroned him.”
“We also know that Ganduje was madly obsessed with reversing everything that Sen. Kwankwaso did in the state. And we are aware, for these reasons, Gov. Ganduje was set, ab initio, to destroy the Kano Emirate. And Emir Sanusi II was marked to be the first victim."
He also pointed out how Sanusi II was deposed, saying he was "abducted and illegally dethroned by Gov. Ganduje and his cohorts."