Apparently sensing impending moves by the lawmakers to impeach him. Prof. Hafiz Abubakar, Deputy Governor of Kano State tendered his resignation on Sunday.
This followed the decision by 30 out of the 40 legislators to commence impeachment proceeding against the Abubakar over false, unfounded allegations and undermining the state government.
In a statement by the state Commissioner for Information, Youth and Culture, Malam Garba Mohammed, the deputy governor was also alleged to be making unguarded comments capable of causing disaffection, particularly among the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and the state in general.
The deputy governor, who doubled as commissioner for Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, has publicly forsaken the Ganduje Administration and swore allegiance to his political Godfather, Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso.
Mohammed also debunked allegation over threat to the deputy governor’s life and that of members of his immediate family, which is regarded as unbecoming, considering his position as number two citizen in the state with a provision for statutory security details.
The state government also expressed dismay over Abubakar’s allegation of non-payment of his entitlements.
Mohammed stated that based on available records, in 2017 alone, the sum of over N120 million was paid to the deputy governor as travelling allowance both within and outside the country, while in 2018, over N30 million was paid to him for various travelling allowances.
“Of recent, in July, to be precise, N7.41 million was released to the former deputy governor to travel to the United Kingdom to receive an Honourary Degree from the University of Reading; N7.8 million was also paid as his travelling allowance to Khartoum, Sudan for the convocation at the University of Africa; and for a trip to the United Kingdom for the World Education Forum, the sum of N8.51 million was paid to him.
“The state government also sponsored the deputy governor’s trip to Saudi Arabia for his daughters’ graduation among other privileges extended to him,” the statement read in part.
The state government also challenged the former deputy governor on allegations that the government had committed resources to sponsor a rally in support of his removal from office.
It added that the gravity of the allegation might prompt the government to take appropriate action.
“The former deputy governor ought to have landed safely and quietly instead of making unsubstantiated allegations just to draw attention.”