Eight princes of the Zazzau emirate have formally written the kingmakers indicating interest to succeed Alhaji Shehu Idris who passed on after 45 years on the ancient throne.
The contenders are from three – Katsinawa, Mallawa, Barebari – of the four ruling houses of the emirate. No prince applied from the Sullubawa ruling house, Daily Trust reported citing palace sources.
The council of kingmakers had declared 5pm Wednesday as the deadline for the submission of application by interested princes.
The Katsinawa ruling house has four applicants namely Wamban Zazzau, Alhaji Abdulkareem Aminu; Iyan Zazzau, Alhaji Bashar Aminu; Dangaladiman Zazzau, Alhaji Aminu Idris and Turakin Zazzau, Alhaji Aminu Shehu Idris.
The Mallawa ruling house has three applicants: Ciroman Zazzau, Alhaji Sa’idu Mailafiya; Barden Kudun Zazzau, Alhaji Hassan Tijjani, and Magajin Garin Zazzau, Alhaji Ahmad Nuhu Bamalli.
The Barebari ruling house has only Yariman Zazzau, Alhaji Munir Jafaru as applicant.
Meanwhile, the Zazzau emirate has officially written to the Kaduna State government communicating the death of Emir Shehu Idris.
The Kaduna State government has also said that it was awaiting the recommendations of the kingmakers.