Mr. Hafiz Abubakar, the Deputy Governor of Kano State, on Sunday resigned from his position as the number 2 man in the state.
It appears the deputy governor is a very close ally of the former governor of Kano, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, who also resigned from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Mr. Abubakar is apparently planning to join his political boss, Kwankwaso, and since Kano is currently controlled by the APC, he consequently resigned.
He however said that his resignation was due to “irreconcilable differences on matters relating to governance and government operations, personal opinion and respect for democratic ideals and values.”
He added that it would be unfair to his conscience and to the people of Kano State if he remain in the deputy governor of the state.
He noted that Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has no respect or regards for his office and he has for the past two and half year suffered and endured all sort of injustices brought against him by the governor.
“I regret to write and notify you of my decision to resign my appointment as deputy governor of Kano State, with effect from Saturday, August 4, 2018.
“His Excellency, I would have desired to even remain up to the end of our tenure in order to fulfil the aspirations and expectations of the good people of Kano State, as expressed in their mandate given to our joint ticket in 2015. But with the current and persistent irreconcilable differences on matters relating to government and government operations, personal opinions and the concept of and respect for democratic ideals and values, it would be unfair to my conscience and to the good people of Kano State and to you, as the head of the government, to remain in my position as the Deputy Governor of Kano State.
“Your Excellency would recall several instances I had to draw your attention on the need to understand and appreciate these differences in order to avoid drifting into the kind of unnecessary crisis we are facing today, but to no avail. Instead of heeding to my counsel to save the government from the present state of crises, your reaction was and still is, to prosecute and mete all sort of injustices on me.
“I have endured immeasurable and unjustifiable humiliation for over two and half years without any reason other than my principled position on issues of governance and the desire to keep government on track. Under circumstances, and given the deteriorating state of affairs and your continued disrespect for the office of the deputy governor as well as your expression of several injustices on my person, I regret to say that I have no option than to succumb to my inner calling with the hope that this decision is in accordance with the guidance and wishes of Allah (SWT) for me and good people of Kano state,” he said.
The state government however noted that the real reason why the deputy governor resigned was because he wanted to avoid being impeached from office.
According to a statement issued by the Kano State Commissioner of Information, Muhammad Garba, on behalf of the state government, the deputy governor actually resigned after realizing that 30 out of the 40 members of the State House of Assembly have commence his removal process.
The state government noted that he was to be removed over his false and unfounded allegations as well and undermining the state government, adding that he makes unguarded comments capable of causing disaffection particularly in the APC and the state.
“The deputy governor, who doubled as commissioner for Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, has publicly forsake the Ganduje Administration and swore allegiance to his political Godfather, Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso,” Mr Garba said.
“Of recent, in July, to be precise, the sum of N7, 409, 575.00 was released to the former deputy governor to travel to the United Kingdom to receive an Honourary Degree from the University of Reading; the sum of N7,800, 000.00 was also paid as his travelling allowance to Khartoum, Sudan for the convocation ceremony of the University of Africa; for a trip to the United Kingdom for the World Education Forum, the sum of N8, 509, 000.00 was paid to him; while his trip to Saudi Arabia for his daughters’ graduation was also sponsored by the state government, among other privileges extended to him’’, he added.
“The former deputy governor ought to have landed safely and quietly instead of making unsubstantiated allegations just to draw attention,” he said.