Impeachment threat: Kano deputy gov seeks police, DSS protection…

Ted Odogwu, Kano

Barely 24 hours after the dramatic removal of the Kano State Speaker, Yusuf Ata, by the members of the state House of Assembly, the Deputy Governor of the state, Prof Hafiz Abubakar, has petitioned the police and the Department of States Services, alleging threat to his life.

The deputy governor expressed anxiety that he might be removed next.

This was as the Deputy Chairman of the Gabasawa Local Government Area of Kano State, Hassan Gabasawa, on Monday night confirmed that he had dumped the All Progressives Congress for the Peoples Democratic Party.

Gabasawa also announced that he had resigned his position as the Local Government Deputy Chairman, explaining that the action was to enable him to fully pitch his tent with Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, who recently defected from the APC to the PDP.

The deputy governor of the state, Abubakar, in his petition addressed to the Commissioner of Police in Kano State, Rabiu Yusuf, and state Director of the DSS requested for the deployment of more security operatives around him.

Among others, Abubakar accused the state government of sponsoring youths from the 44 local government areas of the state to protest against his continued stay in office and force him out.

When contacted, the Kano State Police Spokesman, SP Magaji Musa Majiya, confirmed the receipt of Abubakar’s letter, adding that security had been beefed up for the deputy governor, both in his home and office.

Abubakar had for some time been at loggerheads with Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, stemming from the political impasse between Ganduje and his predecessor, Kwankwaso.

On his own part, the removed Speaker, Atah, said on Tuesday that though the allegations against him were far from the truth, he had accepted his removal in good faith.

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