The deputy governor of Kano State, Hafiz Abubakar, has said that he was not interested in joining the re-election bid of the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, in 2019.
Mr Abubakar was a deputy vice chancellor when he was hand-picked by a former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, to be the running mate of Mr Ganduje.
In a leaked audio sent to DAILY NIGERIAN, Mr Abubakar, a professor of Food and Nutritional Biochemistry, said his wish was to return to Bayero University, Kano at the end of their tenure in 2019.
Mr Abubakar was apparently angry that he was side-lined by a Ganduje-led group 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.
“Pray for me to return to the university by May 2019. This is the prayer I am doing.
“Those who want to continue should go on, but my prayer is to go back to Bayero University.
“I will not be part of a system whereby the leadership of my party, APC, would be formed at my Mandawari ward, my birthplace, and my brother removed without consulting me.
“I will never continue in this situation.
“I did not bring myself here. I was engrossed in my academic activities when I was picked as the deputy governorship candidate.
“The God that chose me is not sleeping. Whether I am in the university, God knows the best. I pray to him to choose the best for me,” he added.