The presidential ambition of three prominent northerners Former Head of State Muhammadu Buhari, Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and Kano State governor, Rabiu Musa Kwakwanso is reportedly tearing emirs in the region apart.
The emirs are said to be confused about who to pitch their tents with out of the candidates who wish to vie for presidency on the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Nigerian Tribune reports that the monarchs are torn between their love for Buhari and the need to support the candidate favoured by the state governors, with an emir in the North-West said to have had a heated argument with his governor last week over his decision to rally other emirs in support of Buhari.
Sources have also been quoted to have said that a few of the Northern governors warned emirs in their domain to either back the ambition of their preferred choice in the presidential race or face the consequences.
An ally of a North-West governor told Tribune that his governor was angry with a leading emir from the zone.
“He (the emir) thinks he is smart. We know he’s been hobnobbing with Buhari and his supporters, using a former minister who is the arrowhead of Buhari’s campaign as his link person.
“He has been sending disguised emissaries to the governor, pleading in some ways that the Governor of Kano State, especially, should stop his ambition in favour of General Buhari. Last week, two emmisaries were said to have visited the Kano governor, asking him to drop his ambition in favour of Buhari who is seen as the person that can fix Nigeria.
“He is biting the fingers that feed him. We installed him against all odds and we can remove him and nothing will happen. There must be a limit to how an emir can flaunt his influence,” the source said.