The People of Tangale Chiefdom in Billiri local government area of Gombe State have taken to the street to protest what they termed “delay tactic” in announcing their preferred candidate to replace the late King of the Chiefdom, Late Abdu Buba-Maisheru (II).
A resident of the town Benjamin Dangoma, who spoke with newsmen said that they are protesting to call on the state government to respect the choice of the people of the Tangale.
He alleged that the governor is planning to announce somebody other than their preferred candidate, Dr Musa Idris Maiyamba, who according to him, got the highest votes from the Kingmakers.
According to him “Following the demise of our late King, Late Abdu Buba-Maisheru, as it is under the customary law, the Kingmakers of this Kingdom has the responsibility to choose for their people who will be the next Mai (King), subject to confirmation of the governor.
“The Kingmakers have sat down and voted, where five out of nine voted for Dr Musa Idris Maiyamba, two voted for Ahmad Magaji and another two voted for Mr Danladi. So you see the Tangale people have spoken through their Kingmakers.
“Our wonders are why is the delay? We heard that the governor has his own preferred candidate other than the one elected by the Kingmakers.
“So we are protesting to call the attention of the governor to please allow the will of the people prevail for the sake of peace to reign. We are peaceful people and all we want is peace.” He said.
The Mai Tangale chiefdom in Gombe state, Dr Abdu Buba Maisharu II, died at the age of 72 after a brief illness at the Federal Teaching Hospital (FTH), Gombe, and has since been buried.