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Kano Deputy Gov resigns ahead of planned impeachment

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By Abdulmumin Murtala with agency report

kano—The Deputy Governor of Kano State, Hafiz Abubakar, has resigned his position.

He is an ally of Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, the former governor of the state who recently dumped the All Progressives Congress, APC, and returned to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

His sudden resignation may not be unconnected to the planned commencement of impeachment process against him today by 31 members of the state house of assembly.

He explained to the Governor that he had made all efforts by drawing the Governor’s attention to issues that would avoid drifting into the kind of unnecessary crises the state was facing today but all to no avail.

Prof Abubakar claimed as part of his reason for resigning that the state governor was disrespectful of the office of the Deputy Governor, as well as several injustices against him.

In a letter dated August 5 and addressed to Abdullahi Ganduje, the state governor, he said he was resigning as a result of “irreconcilable differences” between them.

Abubakar also said he has made several attempts to reconcile the said differences but to no avail.

The letter read: “I regret to write and notify you of my decision to resign my position as deputy governor of Kano State with effect from Saturday 4th August, 2018.

“Your Excellency, I would have desired to remain up to the end of our tenure in order to fulfill 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 governance and government operations, personal opinions, and the concept of, and respect for, democratic ideals and values, it would be unfair to my conscience, to the good people of Kano State and to you as the head of the government to continue to remain in my position as the deputy governor of Kano State.

“Your Excellency would recall several instances I had to draw your attention to 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.”

He added that rather than heed his counsel, the governor’s reaction “was, and still is, surprisingly, to persecute and met all sorts of injustices against me”.

Last week, Abubakar had raised the alarm over an alleged threat to his life.

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