Kano Deputy Governor Threatens To Dump Ganduje In 2019
There's a crack in the Kano State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
This follows an alleged leaked audio in which Deputy Governor Prof. Hafiz Abubakar alluded that he would dump his principal, Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje ahead of 2019.
Abubakar, a Professor at the Bayero University, Kano reportedly vented his anger over developments in the Kano chapter of the APC where he was reportedly sidelined in the scheme of things.
He was railroaded by ex-Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso as Ganduje’s deputy ahead of the 2015 governorship election and the “marriage of convenience” has since deteriorated.
Ganduje had since parted ways with Kwankwaso even as there are suggestions that the former Kano governor is realigning with his political allies in the PDP.
In the leaked audio which has already gone viral, Prof. Abubakar said he is yearning to return to Bayero University, Kano at the end of their tenure in 2019.
He was reportedly axed out of prominence as far as the ruling APC was concerned, including at his ward and local government levels; hence his resolve to dump the plum political job.
“When they were campaigning for election, my picture was juxtaposed with the governor (Ganduje), President (Muhammadu Buhari) and our leader Engr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso,” the prof. said.
“But today at my birthplace, my picture was replaced with somebody else’s picture. What have I done to my birthplace? I do not deserve this even as a university lecturer at Bayero University, where I hope to return in 2019 at the expiration of my tenure.
“Pray for me to return to the university by May 2019, and this is what I’m fervently asking from Allah. Those who want to continue should go on, but my prayer is to go back to Bayero University.
“I will not be part of a system whereby the leadership of my party, APC, would be formed at my Mandawari ward, my birthplace, and my blood brother was removed without anyone consulting with me.'
“I did not bring myself here. I was engrossed in my academic activities when I was picked as the deputy governorship candidate. God that chose me is not sleeping. Whether I am in the university, God knows the best. I pray to him to choose the best for me,” he said.
When contacted, the deputy governor’s spokesperson, Usman Bello confirmed that the audio clip that went viral on social and conventional media emanated from his principal.
He said, “Prof. Hafiz made the statement at Mambayya House while addressing his supporters from Gwale Local Government.
“Prof. was explaining the situation he found himself politically; Yes, it is his voice. However, my boss has no any problem with Ganduje. He is enjoying all respect in terms of governance from the governor.
“Prof. has testified this today at a function held at School of Nursing that there is mutual understanding between him and the governor. The problem he is facing is with the APC at his local government and in fact his ward Mandawari,” the spokesman said.