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Zazzau kingmakers restart selection process for new emir

Kingmakers in the ancient city of Zazzau will commence a new selection process, Kaduna State Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai has said.

This is to enable the kingmakers to reconsider candidates who protested their exclusion from the initial selection process, the governor added.

Those who protested exclusion in the process are Bunun Zazzau and Sarkin Dajin Zazzau.

Governor El-Rufai made this known via his Twitter handle on Wednesday.

The governor wrote, “Kingmakers of Zazzau Emirate are currently engaged in a fresh process to recommend candidates for the office of the 19th Fulani Emir of Zazzau.”

“KDSG directed a new round of the selection process after cancelling the initial process, which excluded two interested applicants.”

Statement by Kaduna State Government

Kingmakers of Zazzau Emirate are currently engaged in a fresh process to recommend candidates for the office of the 19th Fulani Emir of Zazzau, the Secretary to the State Government Balarabe Abbas Lawal has disclosed.

The SSG explained that the Kaduna State Government directed a new round of the selection process following the cancellation of the initial process, which excluded two interested applicants.

The Bunun Zazzau complained that he was unable to submit his application because he was told that the window for receipt of applications had closed.

The Sarkin Dajin Zazzau also protested his exclusion from the process. It was also noted that the kingmakers assessed two candidates on 24th September 2020 without sighting their CVs which the selectors received a day later.

The SSG said that the state government considers as highly irregular the leakage of the report of the selection meeting of 24th September 2020 before its receipt by the state governor.

The kingmakers are now meeting to assess all the 13 candidates that indicated interest from all the ruling houses, including the two that were previously excluded.

The report of these assessments will be swiftly submitted to the governor for his consideration, the statement by the SSG concluded.

Muyiwa Adekeye
Special Adviser to the Governor (Media & Communication)
30th September 2020

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