Tussle for who becomes the next Emir of Lafia begins.
Three days after the demise of the 16th Emir of Lafia, Alhaji Isa Mustapha Agwai I, seven princes have been shortlisted to be screened for the throne.
According to a source in the palace, the major contenders out of the about 47 princes who are vying to be Emirs are:
- Alhaji Isyaku Dauda, who holds the title of Madaki, an agriculturist and a seasoned civil servant who retired as a permanent secretary; Justice Sidi Bage of Court of Appeal;
- Musa Isa Mustapha Agwai son of the late Emir who holds the title of Ubangari;
- Alhaji Abdullahi Yusuf Musa who is a permanent Secretary in the state’s ministry of Education;
- Alhaji Aminu who holds the title of Kachalla and
- Alhaji Muh’d Moyi who holds the title of Maidunama.
The source added that there are about 40 people who are willing to submit their request to the Lafia Kingmakers.
Two ruling houses have been gazetted for Lafia by the Nasarawa State Government, they are the Ari and the Dall.
While the other claimants to ruling houses not gazetted by the Nasarawa State are: Umar Sanda, Musa Danjaji, Lamino and Musa Gana.
The selection for the new Emir of Lafia is done by the five king makers, they are Makongiji, Salanke, Moyi, Sarkin Fada and the Chief Imam.
The five kingmakers are expected to seat and scrutinize the name of the contenders for submission to the State Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs for onward submission the State Governor and the State Council of Chiefs for approval and ratification.
However, when we sought for the names of those who are vying for the throne from the senior kingmaker, Makungiji, he declined comment.
According to a source, immediately after the three days prayer, the Emirs and Chief of Nasarawa including Emirs of Kazaure from Jigawa State, Emir of Dass from Bauchi State, Wamban Kano, among other Emirs and Chiefs invited the children of the late Emir to an inner chamber of the palace for a closed door meeting that lasted hours.
In the evening, youths converged on the palace celebrating that one of the son’s of the late Emir has been selected by the kingmakers.
But a source in the palace said the kingmakers have not sat to select any of the contenders. Another source in the state ministry for chieftaincy affairs said no one has been forwarded to them while a source in government house said they have not received any name from the ministry for chieftaincy affairs or from the secretary to the state government.