The Kano State Government on Wednesday in Kano described the defection of the former deputy governor, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar, to the Peoples Democratic Party “as long overdue,” adding that Governor Abdullahi Ganduje expected it “long before now.
A statement issued by the state Commissioner for Information, Youthand Culture, Muhammad Garba, noted that the exit was expected.
“We are aware of the event at Mambayya House on Tuesday when the former Deputy Governor finally revealed to the world his political betrayal in about three years in office as the Deputy Governor of Kano State and the Commissioner for Education.
“To discernible minds, there is no doubt that the ‘contentment’ of the nine-page text of press conference, painstakingly read out by Prof. Hafiz Abubakar, is not only laughable, but filled with ambiguity and confusion,” the official said.
Mr Garba said, “for Prof. Hafiz to dissociate himself from his chairmanship of the 2015 Kano Gubernatorial Transition Committee, the findings and pronouncements he made, is a clear indication that he no longer has a mind of his own.
“Going by his acclaimed political pedigree, one would have expected that Prof. Hafiz resigned his position long ago for what he described as, ‘political persecution and humiliation’.”
“It is kind enough of Prof. Hafiz to confirm that he was paid his entitlements even when he chose to abandon his service to the good people of Kano State and humanity.
“There is no gainsaying the fact that Prof. Hafiz hurriedly left office in anticipation of a constitutional sledgehammer from Kano State House of Assembly, over his strong antagonism to policies of the State Government that have direct impact on the standard of living of the good people of Kano.
We wish Prof. Hafiz well in the voyage of his godfather, Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, as we welcome his final exit from our great party, the All Progressive Congress (APC), as a good omen.”
Mr Kwankwaso, a former Kano governor, recently defected from the APC to the PDP. Now a senator, he seeks to be president of Nigeria on the PDP platform.
The former deputy governor had addressed a press conference in which he related the alleged circumstances that culminated in his resignation.
Abubakar had also used the occasion to confirm his defection to the Peoples Democratic Party.