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Ganduje reacts to deputy’s defection to PDP, says ‘I expected it long before now’


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a 30-year-old graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Kano State Government on Wednesday in Kano described the defection of the erstwhile deputy governor, Hafiz Abubakar, to the Peoples Democratic Party “as long overdue,” adding that Governor Abdullahi Ganduje expected it “long before now.”

This was contained in a press statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Youths and Culture, Mohammed Garba.

The former deputy governor had addressed a press conference in which he related the alleged circumstances that culminated in his resignation.

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Mr Abubakar had said his decision to leave APC was necessary in order for him to have a peace of mind as well as have relevance in the scheme of things.

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 “Today is a day of joy and happiness for me to have left the All Progressives Congress to Peoples Democratic Party,” he said

 “For the past two years or so, I have gone through hell and all sort of frustration and this issue is known to all people of Kano state.“

The former deputy governor, who spoke at length on the genesis behind his political travails, expressed optimism that he would find peace in the new party he defected to.

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He said he would continue to be loyal and support former governor of the state, Senator Rabi’u Kwankwaso.

Asked if he has the intention to contest for the governorship, Abubakar said he would let the people know when the time comes.

“For now, I cannot tell you whether I will vie for the governorship position, only time will tell.“

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DAILY NIGERIAN reports that Mr Abubakar had before he resigned as the Deputy Governor, petitioned the police and DSS over alleged threat to his life and plans to impeach him.

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In the petition dated July 30, 2018, he signed and copied AIG in charge of Zone I Kano, and State Director of the DSS, Mr Abubakar urged the police command to strengthen security around him among others.

Mr Abubakar had been at loggerhead with the Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje based on their political differences.

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