Following the demise of the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris last Sunday in Kaduna State, the Emirate Council has shortlisted three Candidates to succeed the late First Traditional Ruler.
This was contained in a statement made available to news men in Abuja by the Secretary of Zazzau Development Forum, Alhaji Abdukarim Kabir.
According to the statement, the shortlisted candidates are Magajin Gari, Yarima, Iya, and Turaki, based on several criteria such as education qualification, experience as district head, public service, public relationship, national awards, physical fitness, and relationship with the community and public
It stated that the election was conducted in presence of the Secretary of the State Government, the Head of Service, the Police Commissioner, among many others.
According to the statement, ” the kingmakers on Thursday night used several criteria to make their decisions. Three of the kingmakers voted for Iyan Zazzau, while Turakin Zazzau and Yeriman Zazzau got one vote each
“The successor is expected to come from one of the three ruling houses of the emirate.
” The successor will have to be a descendant of Musa – the first Emir of the Mallawa clan, or the decendant of Yamusa – the first Emir of the Bare-bari clan, or the descendant of Abdulkarimu – the first Emir of the Katsinawa clan.
All candidates were expected to express their interests after the third day prayer of the late Emir
” There were seven confirmed candidates who expressed their interests. Two of the candidates are Yarima from the Bare-bari, and Magajin Garin from the Mallawa clan. The other five candidates came from the Katsianwa clan: Iya, Turaki, Uban Gari, Dan Galadima, and Sarkin Kudu
“There are five kingmakers that are tasked to shortlist and vote for the Emir before submitting the report to the Governor on Friday morning. The Kingmakers are Waziri, Makama, Fagaci, Limamin Gari, and Limamin Kona.
“The kingmakers have written the report and are due to meet with the State Governor Mallam Nasir El-Rufai over the report while the Governor is expected to make announcement at end of the meeting
” It is rumoured that the results could change but this has never happened under any circumstance. Besides, the Governor is known to be a transparent person and a person who supports justice”.