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Bauchi Dep Gov Resigns

In what came as the last ‘straw that broke the camel’s back’ following irreconcilable political differences, Bauchi State Deputy Governor, Engineer Nuhu Gidado, has resigned from his office with immediate effect.

According to the sketchy reports available to our correspondent, Nuhu Gidado submitted his letter of resignation to the State Governor, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, late Wednesday evening, citing “waning enthusiasm for the job” as reason for leaving, a development many political followers in the state see as a major setback to the reelection aspirations of the Governor.

With the shocking move taken by Nuhu Gidado, it has further depleted the camp and chances of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in Bauchi State considering the fact that a number of high-ranking officials have since dumped the cabinet of the Governor at several occasions following political differences that could not resolved.

The Deputy Governor had previously threatened to resign from office in the past but was prevailed upon to remain. He had contested and lost the party gubernatorial primaries in 2015.

It would be recalled that sometimes in 2017, the Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Shehu Barau Ningi, resigned from his position because according to him: “the Governor did not encourage members of his cabinet to offer advice on how to run the state”. The Governor had ran the affairs of the state for a very long time after sacking the cabinet.

Shehu Barau Ningi while briefing news men on the reason why he resigned his appointment explained that,” the environment in which I would have exercised my advisory role as member of the State Executive Council was unaccommodating, debilitating and non-adviser friendly”.

Also, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Investment, Samaila Sanusi, as well as the Special Assistant to the Governor on Scheduling, Ibrahim Tahir Ibrahim resigned due to what they described as, “unfriendly working environment” saying that all avenues to hold talks with the Governor on official issues and development were unsuccessful.

It would be recalled that the Governor has been facing stiff political opposition from chieftains of the APC particularly members of the National Assembly since his election in 2015 due to what has been described as his political style of leadership which excludes them from the leadership in the state. This became so glaring when Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara led faction of the APC refused to participate in the congresses of the party held earlier in the month and even went ahead to institute a suit against the party in a Federal High Court in Abuja seeking the nullification of the exercise.

All efforts to get the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Strategy, Ali Mohammed Ali to comment on the development proved abortive as all calls put across to his line did not get through neither did he reply to message sent to his phone.

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