Rabiu Ali was again Kano Pillars hero as his strike beat Akwa United in a rescheduled Week 23 tie to take them back to the top of the table.
Pillars now have 51 points from 29 games. Bayelsa slipped to second place on 49 points, while El Kanemi have 47 points.
Central midfielder Ali scored the match winner in the 55th minute for his 11th league goal. He has now fired three goals in five days.
Rabiu Ali star of the Week
Pillars coach Mohammed Babaganaru told MTNFootball.com he is delighted they are back on top because their target is to retain the championship.
"We have our set target and that is to retain the league title, and we have been working towards that. I am happy that we are on top now and we are there to stay," said Babaganaru, who is handling his second game after the auto crash.
He also said he will back Rabiu Ali to finish as the Goal King of the league.
"Rabiu Ali is doing well and if he keeps improving, he will win the top scorer award. He has the qualities to do that," he tipped.