The embattled Kano State Deputy Governor, Prof Hafiz Abubakar, on Sunday, announced his resignation from office, citing alleged persecution by his principal, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.
The deputy governor made the announcement in Kano, the state capital, to put to an end lingering speculations of his unconfirmed resignation.
Abubakar’s resignation came on the heels of hints that 31 members of the Kano State House of Assembly had already signed a notice for his removal from office, which they plan to deliberate upon on the floor of the house today (Monday).
Abubakar said on Sunday that he resolved to tender his letter of resignation, “after over two years of enduring immeasurable and unjustifiable humiliation, without reasons.”
He alleged that Ganduje persecuted and humiliated him because of his (Abdullahi’s) principled position on issues of government and the desires to keep the government on track.
There are indications that Abdullahi might dump the All Progressives Congress for the Peoples Democratic Party, to join his political godfather, former governor Rabiu Kwakwaso, who is a presidential aspirant.
In the resignation letter forwarded to Ganduje, the deputy governor wrote, “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 that I had to draw your attention to the need to understand and appreciate these differences in order to avoid drifting into any kind of unnecessary crisis we are facing today but no avail.
“Instead of heeding to my concept to save the government from the present state of crisis, your reaction was and is still surprisingly to persecute and mete out all sorts of injustices to me. Following all these humiliations 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 against my person, I regret to say that I have no option but to succumb to my inner calling with the hope that this decision is in accordance with the guidance and wishes of Allah (SWT) for the good people of Kano State, to call it quits.”