Deputy Governor of Kano State, Mr Hafiz Abubakar, a former university professor, has dropped a shocking revelation, saying he would not contest on same ticket with his principal, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, come 2019.
In a leaked audio clip, Abubakar said he would rather return to Bayero University, Kano (BUK) where he belonged after the expiration of their tenure on May 29, 2019.
When contacted, the deputy governor’s spokesperson, Mr Usman Bello confirmed that the audio clip that went viral on social and conventional media emanated from his principal.
He said, “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 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 APC at his local government and in fact his ward Mandawari,” the spokesman said.
The deputy governor in the clip said he would rather align himself with his former boss, Mr Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, than support Ganduje in the next general elections.
He said, “I was picked by Kwankwaso to be running mate to Ganduje in the last general elections. My wish is to return to BUK by the end of our tenure in 2019 and continue with my career.”
Abubakar was responding to ongoing party restructuring exercise which led to the removal of APC chairman in his Mandawari Ward in Gwale Local Government Area of the state without his consent.
He recalled that during the 2015 general elections campaigns, his picture was put side by side with that of the incumbent governor, as well as that of President Muhammadu Buhari and Kwankwaso.
“But today, my picture was replaced with somebody even at my birthplace,” he said.
“What have I done to my birthplace? What have I done to my birthplace? What have I done to warrant all these?” he queried.
On Ganduje’s second term bid, Hafiz averred that, “Those who want to continue should go on, but my prayer is to go back to BUK. 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 me.”
He recalled that, “I did not bring myself here. I was engrossed in my academic activities when I was picked as deputy governorship candidate. The 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.
But in a reaction, Mr Ganduje expressed shock by the statement made by Abubakar over the removal of his Mandawari Ward party chairman.
In a statement signed by Commissioner for Information, Mr Muhammad Garba, Ganduje directed immediate reinstatement of the removed chairman.
Mr Ganduje also called on politicians to always contact party leadership and politicians holding higher offices before embarking on issues of sensitive nature.
He equally tasked politicians and other members of the public to accord the same respect to the deputy governor in their dealings with him.