The Kano state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has reacted to his deputy, Hafiz Abubakar’s remarks, following the removal of his ward and local government party executives without his approval.
In an audio clip sent to DAILY NIGERIAN on Monday, Mr Abubakar expressed his anger after a Ganduje-backed group side-lined him in the formation of party structure and leadership at his ward and local government levels.
“When they were campaigning for election, my picture was juxtaposed with the governor, president and our leader Engr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.
“But today at my birthplace, my picture was replaced with somebody else’s picture. What have I done to my birthplace? I do not deserve this even as a university lecturer at Bayero University, where I hope to return in 2019 at the expiration of my tenure,” Mr Abubakar said.
But in a statement Tuesday by the state commissioner for Information, Mohammed Garba, Mr Ganduje said he was shocked by statement made by his deputy over the removal of his Mandawari ward party chairman.
“To this end, the governor has directed the immediate reinstatement of the removed chairman, while calling on politicians to always contact party leadership and politicians holding higher offices before embarking on issues of sensitive nature,” said the statement.
The governor “also tasked politicians and other members of the public to accord the same respect to the deputy governor in their dealings with him”.
Mr Ganduje reiterated the commitment of the APC to work toward ensuring justice and fairness in the selection of credible candidates and conduct of primary election in areas where consensus candidate for councillor and chairmanship positions for local government could not be produced.
He also called on members of the APC to desist from any act capable of causing disunity in the party ranks, particularly at this critical moment when election is fast approaching.