Excitement had surrounded the activities of the four kingmakers who worked round the clock to produce a successor to the late Emir, Alhaji Ado Bayero, who passed on Friday.
The kingmakers are Sarki Abdullahi Mukhtar Madakin Kano, Alhaji Mukhtar Adnan Sarkin Bai Kano, Alhaji Tijjani Hashim Galadiman Kano and Alhaji Aminu Baba Dan’Agundi Sarkin Dawaki Mai Tuta.
The process of selecting a new emir of the ancient city is through exhaustive consultations among the kingmakers with a perusal of the royal records, as well as records of contenders for the throne, after which a voting process will ensue. They will then submit the name of the preferred candidate to the governor, and in this case, Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, for final announcement and appointment.
The three frontline contenders shortlisted and sent to the governor include the eldest son of the late Emir, Sanusi Ado Bayero, who is the Ciroma of Kano, former CBN governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi (Dan Maje Kano), and Aminu Ado Bayero, another son of the late Emir.
Sources told elombah.com politics and visibility were at play in who emerges as the new Emir, giving the former CBN governor an advantage over the other two. He appears to be very close to the state governor, and the two have shared similar political views on national issues.
A close friend of the Emirate Council revealed that when the former CBN boss was appointed as the Dan Maje of Kano, he knew he was inching towards becoming the Emir of Kano.
Earlier, a much larger list of contenders included the Turakin Kano, Nasir Ado Bayero; Sarkin Dawaki Tsakarigida, Aminu Ado Bayero; Wambai Kano, Alh. Abbass Sanusi; Galadima Kano, Tijjani Hashim; and a member of the board of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, Abdullahi Ado Bayero.