The Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, was on Tuesday shocked to learn about the outburst of his deputy, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar, whose brother was removed as the chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Mandawari ward.

Abubakar, a former Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Bayero University Kano, was overheard in an audio clip lamenting the removal of his brother as the APC chairman in his ward, vowing not to lend support to Ganduje’s re-election bid in 2019.

The deputy governor was said to be unimpressed by his alleged sidelining in the formation of the party structure and leadership at his ward by the Ganduje-led group.

He said, “When they were campaigning for election, my picture was juxtaposed with the governor, the President (Muhammadu Buhari) and our leader, Rabiu Kwankwaso.

“But today at my birthplace, my picture was replaced with someone else’s picture. What have I done? I do not deserve this even, as a university lecturer at the Bayero University, where I hope to return in 2019 at the expiration of my tenure.

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“I will not be part of a system, whereby the leadership of my party, the APC, would be formed at my Mandawari ward, my birthplace, and my brother removed as ward chairman, without consulting me. I will never continue in this situation.”

Reacting to the deputy governor’s outburst, the state Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, said Ganduje was shocked and has directed the immediate reinstatement of the removed chairman.

According to the commissioner, Ganduje called on politicians to always contact party leadership and politicians holding higher offices before embarking on issues of a sensitive nature like the removal of party chieftains.

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