PDP Congratulates Yet to be Appointed Emir Of Kano, Withdraws It Soon After
The Peoples Democratic Party on Sunday issued a statement congratulating the “New Emir of Kano” even when one is yet to be appointed.
The message directed to the eldest son of the late Emir and Ciroma of the Kano Emirate, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Ado Bayero is seen as a move aimed at scoring cheap political point, especially in its desire to ensure that the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), who is also a strong contender does not emerge as the new emir.
The PDP in the statement on the appointment of the new Emir which turned out to be completely false as the Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Rabiu Kwankwanso denied announcing a replacement described Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Ado Bayero as a gift to the nation.
The leadership of the party in the statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh on Sunday also praised the Kingmakers for their wise decision in choosing Alhaji Ado Bayero, the heir-apparent to the throne, adding that “in so doing, the Kingmakers have preserved the sanctity of the throne and the confidence reposed in the revered traditional institution.”
The party described the new Emir as “an outstanding nobility who is also highly respected for his wealth of knowledge and experience as well as his statesmanly disposition and commitment to the stability and greatness of the Emirate and the nation at large”.
“Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Ado Bayero is a rare breed. A man of exceptional wisdom and humility. We have a new Emir who, like his father, remains a detrabilized Nigerians with an unshaken belief in the unity and peaceful coexistence of our people as a nation.
“We have no doubt whatsoever that the new Emir will live up to his billing by building on the solid foundation and legacies left by his father to further the greatness of the Emirate where the welfare and prosperity of all are guaranteed”, the statement said.
But in another twist, soon after the statement was sent to media houses, the PDP capitulates, issuing another statement withdrawing the congratulatory message to Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Ado Bayero.
In the second statement the National Publicity Secretary of the party claimed that the initial statement of congratulation was issued by his Special Assistant, Mr. Richard Ihediwa, was unauthorized.
The statement reads:
Our attention has been drawn to a unauthorized statement issued on behalf of the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP by his Special Assistant, Mr. Richard Ihediwa, congratulating the eldest son of the late Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Ado Bayero as the new Emir of Kano.
Mr. Ihediwa relied on a false news flash on the AIT and issued a statement in that direction without approval from the National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh.
This is completely embarrassing to the National Publicity Secretary and the entire leadership of the PDP.
We hereby dissociate with the statement earlier issued and regret the embarrassment this may have caused the entire nation, the Kano Emirate and the good people of Kano state.
Chief Olisa Metuh
National Publicity Secretary
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