There is intense lobbying among members of the various ruling houses in Gombe to replace the late emir, Shehu Abubakar.
Barring any last minute change, the Gombe State House of Assembly will receive from the state governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo, a bill seeking to amend the state’s appointment and deposition of Emirs and Chiefs (Amendment) Law of 2004.
The bill follows Monday’s announcement by the state government of the reconstitution of the eight-member committee of kingmakers for Gombe Emirate.
Already there is intense lobbying among members of the various ruling houses in Gombe to replace the late emir, Shehu Abubakar, who died last week in London and was buried on Friday.
Among the major contenders to replace Mr. Abubakar are two of his sons, Yahaya Abubakar and Abubakar Abubakar. Others are Zubairu Mohammed and Jalo Daudu.
Mr. Dankwambo had on Monday through his Secretary to State Government, SSG, Abubakar Bage, announced the reconstitution of the emirate council.
In a statement by the SSG, the government said the reconstituted kingmakers include Wazirin Gombe as Chairman and Ubandoman Gombe as Deputy Chairman.
The Danlawan Gombe, Sarkin Malaman Gombe, Sarkin ban Gombe, Chief Imam of Gombe, Ajiyan Gombe, and Durbin Gombe are members.
However, a source within the emirate who prefers anonymity because he is not permitted to talk to the media informed PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday that three of the original members of the kingmaker committee were removed by the governor to pave the way for his loyalist to replace them.
“We already have existing kingmakers, off course one or two are not alive and replacement have also not been made. But based on the law already on the ground they are supposed to be nine but six are alive,” he said.
Our source also said the three kingmakers removed are the district heads of Fantami, Doho and Kwami, who were replaced by the Dan Iyan Gombe, Sarkin Bai, and Durbin Gombe respectively.
“The governor has now set up another new set of kingmakers and will forward it to the House of Assembly just to serve his purpose,” Our source said.
Process is legal.
The spokesperson of Governor Dankwambo, Junaidu Abubakar, when contacted by PREMIUM TIMES denied that the governor was involved in any underhand dealings in respect to the appointment of a new emir.
He said the governor is approaching the Assembly to get the legal backing to perform his constitutionally assigned role.
“I know for a fact that the governor will not do anything contrary to the law, this thing is on process and they are going to send it to the House of Assembly. The governor after due consultation has given a free hand to the reconstituted committee to select a new emir,” he said.
He also said no kingmaker was removed by the governor.
“No one was removed, the only person missing is the Waziri, who has not been appointed after we lost the last one. But when appointed, the Waziri is still the Chairman of the Kingmakers.
“New appointments were made after wide consultations and to also make sure the governor meets the aspirations of the people of the state. The people appointed are representing the generality of the people of the state.
“Let us not forget that the governor has the constitutional powers to appoint an emir,” Mr. Abubakar said.