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Published On: Fri, Dec 22nd, 2017

Kano APC chairman steps down

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Promptly appointed Commissioner by Ganduje

The crisis in Kano’s political terrain has deepened with the resignation of the embattled ruling All Progressive Congress, APC state chairman, Abdullai Abbas, indicted in the feud between Governor Abdullai Ganduje and his deputy, Hafizu Abubakar.
An aide to the Commissioner of Information, Faizu Alfindiki, confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Abbas had resigned.
Although no immediate reason was given for the decision, it adds another twist to the raging controversy in the party in the state.
The deputy governor had recently, in a radio programme, indicated that he would not run on the same ticket with the governor in 2019, citing the fact that he had been sidelined in governance and party affairs in the state. He also expressed dissatisfaction with the removal of his ward chairman.
A rattled Governor Ganfuje immediately ordered that the official be reinstated and urged politicians in the state to respect his deputy in all their actions.
It was learnt that the ex-chairman was scheduled to appear before the state assembly yesterday.
Following his resignation, however, the APC ex-chair was promptly appointed commissioner by the state governor, Ganduje. It is not yet clear, however, which portfolio he would be assigned to supervise.
Governor Ganduje, who forwarded a letter requesting for the appointment to the state assembly, said the move was ”a new dawn in Kano politics.”
After appearing before the state lawmakers, Mr. Abbas was given a clean bill due to the fact that he was a former commissioner under former Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso.
On Thursday, a motion raised by the assembly’s deputy speaker, Hamisu Chidari, had requested his colleagues to allow Mr. Abbas forego the mandatory screening for state officials.
Mr. Abbas, after he was allowed to bow and go said he was happy with the new development.
He said he was ready to work with Governor Ganduje and contribute his quota to the development of Kano.

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