By Aliyu Dangida
DUTSE— Ahmed Haruna Gumel, Director of Press to Jigawa State deputy governor, Mr Ibrahim Hassan Hadejia, said weekend that his boss never contemplated relinquishing his position as the number two citizen of the state. Gumel told Vanguard in Dutse that the speculation was unfounded and untrue, adding that it was capable of jeopardizing the existing cordial working relationship between the governor and his deputy.
According to him, the rumour is the handiwork of oppositions and other people who don’t want peace to reign in the state. He explained that it was known facts that the governor and his deputy were working together as one family for the progress of Jigawa State and its people, describing those behind the rumour as enemies of progress.
“There was never a time my boss told anyone he will resign his position,” Gumel said. He stated further that Ibrahim Hadejia, as a two-term deputy governor of Jigawa State, was loyal and obedient to all his bosses, Turaki and Badaru, explaining that there was no basis for the rumour.
He called on the people to stop spreading rumour to the public in the interest of peace and tranquility. Hadeja served as deputy governor to former govenor Saminu Turaki and was alleged to have suffered political neglect from his boss, as he was denied access to act in the absence of his principal reputed for his nomadic approach to governance.
The deputy governor was said to have made several attempts to resign then but was prevailed upon by some prominent personalities, including his late father.