From Ahmad Mohammed, Bauchi
Mixed reactions have trailed the resignation of the former Bauchi State Deputy Governor, Engineer Nuhu Gidado.
There are different opinions from the sources close to Governor Mohammed Abubakar and the Former Deputy Governor Nuhu Gidado. While some described it as an act of God, other said he resigned due to irreconcilable differences with governor Abubakar and some principal staff officers at the Government House. But the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, welcomes the deputy governor’s resignation as good omen to the State.
Secretary, Media Committee of the All Progressives Congress APC Bauchi State Chapter Comrade Aliyu Ilelah said, “This is clearly an act of God who gives power to whom he wills and takes away when he wishes, at the time he wishes. God destined Gidado’s tenure as deputy Governor, and that it will end last night.”
He said when Gidado tendered his resignation, “the governor asked him to go and think over it again; he even set up a committee to sit with him, but at the end he finally he resigned. There is nothing between him and the governor.”
Ilelah said Nuhu Gidado left alone, and other lieutenants will continue to contribute contributing their quota to the development of the state since they were given the opportunity to serve and they can’t contribute outside.
State Publicity Secretary of PDP Yayanuwa Zainabari described Gidado’s exit as a welcome development and advised him, as a son of the soil, to quit APC and join PDP to enable them change the changers and bring genuine socio economic and political development to the people of the State.
A source close to the government house said Gidado and Abubakar actually parted ways since 2015 because they have different perfective in governance. He had wanted to go long ago but because of the intervention of his late senior brother, traditional rulers and some elders he remained in the government till last night.
The source said Gidado was sidelined in the scheme of things as many decisions were being taken without his knowledge; and he was also not happy with the feud between Abubakar, Dogara and some founding fathers of APC in the State.
Another factor that some political analysts brought into the picture was forthcoming 2019 general election. Many people from Bauchi North don’t want Abubakar to retain Gidado as his deputy; they prefer he should pick someone from Azare, the second largest city in the state, as was the tradition of former civilian administration. They assured Abubakar that if he gives them the slot of the deputy governor, they will give him their votes en block.
Other sources close to the Governor said Gidado left without any genuine reason; he just decided to leave alone, and he left alone. They described him as too ambitious who was always not serious about state of affairs. He has not been attending many state functions, and most of the times his phones were switched up, even when the governor wants to see him, he will not have access to him.
The major problems left behind is the dilemma of Gidado’s political camp in Abubakar’s Government.
Our correspondent gathered that Political meetings have been going on among his supporters across the State.