Thousands of well-wishers on Sunday thronged to Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport to welcome and escort Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II to his palace.
The emir, who returned from London, is reportedly facing persecution by the state government over his alleged support to opposition PDP governorship candidate.
Earlier in the afternoon, thugs allegedly loyal to the state government dispersed a gathering of youths planning to march to the airport. But the supporters of the emir later defied the threats and reassembled to show solidarity.
The emir is on collision course with the state governor, who created four rival emirates and appointed first class emirs to reduce the monarch’s influence.
Mr Ganduje on Wednesday signed an amendment to the state’s traditional rulers and chieftaincy laws that paved way for the creation of the emirates.
While people thronged to receive the emir, Mr Ganduje defied court order to present staff of office to one of the four newly appointed emirs, Emir of Bichi Aminu Bayero.
On Friday, a Kano High Court sitting at Ungogo, ordered the governor to maintain the status quo and take no further action.
The governor had on Saturday presented appointment letters to the new emirs, saying he was unaware of the court order.