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Kwankwaso, Garo, others resign to beat Ganduje’s ultimatum

By Murtala Adewale (Kano), Bala Yahaya (Minna) and Charles Akpeji (Jalingo)
18 April 2022   |   3:58 am
At least five political appointees in the Kano State Executive Council (SEC) have tendered their resignation letters to pursue their future political ambitions ahead of 2023 general elections.

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At least five political appointees in the Kano State Executive Council (SEC) have tendered their resignation letters to pursue their future political ambitions ahead of 2023 general elections.

The development, The Guardian gathered, was to beat Governor Abdullahi Ganduje’s ultimatum, at the weekend, to his appointees eyeing elective offices come 2023 to vacate their seats within 48 hours.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar, the governor had ordered them to leave on or before Monday, April 18, 2022, in compliance with Section 84 subsection 12 of the amended Electoral Act.

Those that have complied with the directive include former Commissioner for Rural and Urban Development, Alh. Musa Kwankwaso, and his Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs counterpart, Murtala Garo.

While both former commissioners are yet to officially unveil their next political ambition, it was reliably gathered that Garo is bracing up to succeed Ganduje, and Kwankwaso warming up for Kura/Madobi/Garun-Mallam Federal constituency seat.

In Niger State, the Deputy Governor, Ahmed Ketso, has declared intention to contest the governorship position on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 general elections.

Addressing his supporters and APC faithful at his local council headquarters in Mokwa, on Saturday, Ketso said he formally declared his intention after consultations with critical stakeholders from within and outside his locality, adding that his choice of Mokwa for his official declaration was because of his cordial relationship with his people.

He hinted that necessary mechanisms have been put in place to hit the ground running soon, to mobilise support ahead of the party’s primary election.

ALSO, the chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) of the North East Development Education Endowment Fund (NEDEEF), Chief David Kente, has finally unveiled his intention to jostle for the number one position of Taraba State, on APC platform.

Kente, also a board member of the North East Development Commission (NEDC), said his intention to contest the seat was to rescue the state from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which, he believed, failed to wipe the tears on the faces of Tarabans.

Making his intention known before the media at the weekend in Jalingo, he said “the state is so devastated that we are not even thinking of zoning.”