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My deputy resigned to avoid impeachment -Gov Ganduje

The Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, has broken his silence over the resignation of his deputy, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar, saying he was afraid of being impeached.

The state Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, said in statement issued to newsmen in Kano.

Garba quoted Ganduje as saying Abubakar’s resignation was sequel to a decision by 30 out of 40 legislators in the Kano State House of Assembly to commence impeachment proceeding against him.

He said that impeachment proceeding planned against the former deputy governor was based on “false, unfounded allegations and undermining the state government.’’

Garba said that the deputy governor was also accused of making unguarded comments capable of causing disaffection particularly in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the state in general.

According to him, the former deputy governor, “publicly forsake the Ganduje’s Administration and swore allegiance to his political mentor, Sen. Rabi’u Kwankwaso.’’

The governor also debunked allegation over threat to Abubakar’s life and that of members of his immediate family.

He said that the allegation was regarded as unbecoming considering his position as number two citizen, with a provision for statutory security detail.

Garba said that the former deputy governor spent over N150 million on foreign and local trips against his claims that the governor had not been paying his allowances.

Abubakar, a loyalist of Kwankwaso, had been at loggerheads with Ganduje, for siding with Kwankwaso in the political impasse.

Abubakar had resigned as deputy governor of the state on Sunday, August 5, 2018.

Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Newstide247.com newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.
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