👤 By Abdul Tukur
KANO — Hafiz Abubakar, the Deputy Governor of Kano State has quit the All Progressives Congress over “persistent irreconcilable differences” with the Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.
Professor Abubakar said his desire would have been to “remain up to the end of our tenure in order to fulfil the aspirations and expectations of the good people of Kano state as expressed in their mandate given to our joint ticket in 2015, but with the current and persistent irreconcilable differences on matters relating to governance and government operations, personal opinions, and the concept of, and respect for, democratic ideals and values, it would be unfair to my conscience, to the good people of Kano State and to you as the head of the government to continue to remain in my position as the deputy governor of Kano state.”
He added that several times he had tried to to draw Governor Ganduje’s “attention to the need to understand and appreciate these differences in order to avoid drifting into the kind of unnecessary crisis we are facing today, but to no avail.”
There were speculation that Professor Abubakar, was about to depart to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, following a week of defection and unhappiness among members the ruling APC.
Last week, the Senate President Bukola Saraki along with the Governor of Sokoto, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal left the APC to join the PDP.
Professor Abubakar, who doubled as commissioner for Education, Science, Technology and Innovation is a close political associate of Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, a former governor of Kano State who defected with more than 57 federal lawmakers to the PDP.
His resignation was confirmed by Salihu Tanko Yakasai, a Special Adviser Media at Government House Kano State.
Mr Yakasai on twitter said “its official Prof Hafiz Abubakar resigns as the deputy governor.”