Bala Abdu Gimba, a Ward Focal Officer with the Kaduna State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Soba Local Government, has been indefinitely suspended by the agency for allegedly supporting the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state.
The suspension letter was signed by the Deputy Director, Administration in the agency, Mohammed Murtala, who acted at the instance of the Executive Chairman of the Local Government, Mohammed Makama.
According to the letter as obtained by DAILY NIGERIAN, Mr Gimba was suspended for alleged misconduct he committed by involving in active politics which is also against the civil service rules.
“Reference to the act of misconduct which Bala Abdu Gimba committed by involving himself in active politics, which is also against the civil service rules by organising his followers to raise PDP placards, stone and rain abusive words against His Excellency’s (Governor Nasir El-Rufai) campaign team and the Executive Chairman of Soba Local Government. And also identified with so many political activities,” the letter stated.
The letter, therefore, added that Mr Gimba should proceed for an indefinite suspension from January 30, 2019 and his salaries stopped forthwith.
When contacted by DAILY NIGERIAN, Mr Gimba, however, denied involving himself or organising his followers to raise PDP placards, stone or rain abusive words against Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s campaign team.
“I never pelted nor sponsored people to stone the governor. In fact, nobody stoned anyone. Instead, when I learnt that the APC campaign team was visiting Gimba town, I contacted some of the disgruntled supporters of the APC and begged them to remain calm, which they did,” he disclosed.
On the allegation of involvement in active politics, Mr Gimba said: “Since every Nigerian has right to support any political party of his choice, I think I should exercise my constitutional right of belonging to my chosen party, which is PDP. Nobody can, therefore, question my judgement or decision whatsoever.”
According to him, the chairman of the local government had an ulterior motive for suspending him.
“The real issue is that the chairman and I live in the same ward and I think that he is feeling threatened by my presence because I have respect and large followership in the area.
“I am not bragging, but he cannot deliver the ward to the APC, that is why he did what he did to incapacitate me,” he added.