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[UPDATED] PDP inciting violence, says ‘Sanusi’

[UPDATED] PDP inciting violence, says ‘Sanusi’
June 11
22:54 2014
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A twitter handle credited to the emir of Kano, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of inciting violence in the state.

“Sanusi” tweeted on his handle @Malsanusilamido Wednesday night: “@PDPNigeria inciting violence in Kano.”

TheCable could not confirm if the account is real or a spoof as Sanusi could not be reached on phone.

Many social media accounts credited to him have been described as fake and this may be one of them.

His appointment as the new emir on Sunday was met with protests by some youths who said they would not accept him.

The appointment process was seen as a battle between the PDP and the All Progressives Congress (APC), Sanusi having fallen out with President Goodluck Jonathan, while Kano Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso belongs to the APC.

“Sanusi” said the Kano emir palace is “one united family. Therefore, I’m assuring the governor that all these riots and protests are not from our house”.

“Therefore we are calling on those people from outside the palace to stop interfering on the things they don’t understand,” said another tweet from the account.

Earlier, there was an explanation on why he was yet to move to the palace days after he was appointed and presented with the instruments of office by the Kano state government.

A tweet from the account said it takes time for a new emir to move to the palace.

There had been speculations that he would be arrested  if he stepped out of the Kano government house, where he is currently based.

He is operating from the Naseer House within the government house premises while the palace remains under lock and key, with reports that the youths opposed to his appointment were planning to launch an attack against him.

There were protests around the location of the palace on Sunday when Sanusi was announced as the new emir ahead of Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Ado Bayero, first son of the late emir.

“Sanusi” tweeted: “Most of the emirs in the past, including the immediate past emir, Ado Bayero, took sometime before they went into the palace.”

The “emir” also tweeted that the presence of the police “within my palace area” is to safeguard it against protesters.

Another tweet said: “You know the situation of things demands that we remain vigilant and ensure any tendency for violence to erupt is quickly nipped in the bud”.

On twitter, “Sanusi” follows Aliko Dangote, Bill Gates, CNN, CNN Breaking News, Sky News Newsdesk, BBC Breaking News, BBC News (UK), Al Jazeera English, APC Nigeria, cenbank, The Economist, Financial Times, World Economic Forum, Leadership newspaper, Daily Trust, BBC News (World), Bukola Saraki, Nasir El-Rufai, Saharareporters, and Nigeria Newsdesk.

*TheCable will further update this story as soon as it is confirmed that Sanusi is the real owner of the twitter account.

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