The Deputy Governor of Kano State, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar, resigned his position on Sunday in a move many seem to have anticipated, following his defection from the APC to their opposition the PDP a week ago.
In a resignation letter he tendered to the state Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, the academic turned politician, cited “irreconcilable differences” as reasons for his action.
The letter read partly, “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 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 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.”
The resignation happened after one week of speculation that Abubakar had defected from the All Progressives Congress to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.
He had promptly denied the rumoured defection but soon followed it up with the resignation on Sunday.
Both developments also came in the wake of the recent defection of his political mentor and Ganduje’s predecessor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, to the PDP.
The resignation of Abubakar however, did not come as a surprise to many. The reason being that, as a loyalist of Kwankwaso, the Kano State Government would no longer be at home with him. He suddenly became the “worst enemy within” the very day his boss defected from the APC.
Prior to Kwankwaso’s defection, the relationship between Ganduje and Abubakar was not rosy, but they had to tolerate each other as Kwankwaso remained a card-carrying member of the ruling party. With his defection, many knew that the deputy governor’s resignation or his impeachment would happen only in a matter of time.