By Mohammed Ahmed Kaigama
Bauchi State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Nuhu Gadado on Wednesday tendered his resignation letter.
In a swift reaction, Gov. Mohammed Abubakar accepted the resignation of Gidado, describing his tenure as “meritorious” and therefore deserving of “commendation”.
In a statement issued on his behalf by Mr Ali M. Ali, Special Adviser, Media, Governor Abubakar described the tenure of his deputy as “meritorious” and therefore deserving of “commendation.
“We received the resignation of our Deputy Governor, Engr. Nuhu Gidado.
“On behalf of the people of Bauchi state, I want to thank him for his meritorious service while in office.”
“He remains vital to our administration and party.
“I wish him well in his future endeavours, and he can count on me for support.
“I am also optimistic he will avail the state his service when called upon in the future,” said Ali in the statement, quoting the governor.
Mr Yakubu Adamu, Special Assistant on Communication Matters to the erstwhile Deputy Governor, said Gidado’s letter was sent to the Governor, through the Office of the Secretary to the State Government, on Wednesday.
In his letter, which Adamu made available to NAN by text on Wednesday, the deputy governor said he had earlier reiterated his commitment to serve for a single term.
“Ordinarily, I should have remained up to the end of the tenure, but, with the current dampened spirit and waning zeal as it relates to my official engagements, my continued stay will not be fair and truthful to you as my brother and leader.
“ In this regard, I feel sure that, Your Excellency will readily recollect the most recent one – on – one discussion we had, precisely, on Thursday, April 19th, 2018, in your office, where, among other issues, I expressed to you, my contemplation to ‘step aside’, if need be, in order to free my conscience.
“ I regret to say that it has become necessary to yield to that inner calling, and may this development be in accordance with the blessed will and guidance of Allah (SWT), Ameen,” said the deputy governor in his letter.
Mr Sufiyanu Gidado, a blood relation to the deputy governor and his Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs, also confirmed the development in a telephone interview with NAN on Wednesday.
Reacting to the development, some politicians in Bauchi on Thursday expressed mixed feelings.
Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), while some of them said the action of Gidado could have negative effects on the development of the state and democracy, while others saw it as a good omen.
Mr Yusuf Garba, a chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, said the resignation was a sign of ‘deficiency’ in governance.
”Nuhu could not boast of a single project in his constituency and he has been in the government for three years.
“He has nothing to use to defend himself against his people and so the only option was for him to resign honourably,” Garba said.
The State Secretary of Green Party of Nigeria (GPN), Mr Salisu Barau, said the resignation was ‘long overdue’.
He explained that there were clear indications since last year that Gidado might ‘throw in the towel’ because of his dissatisfaction with affairs.
“Nuhu Gidado is an icon in the politics of the state; we gathered he had not been allowed to operate freely.
“The deputy governor has done the right thing by resigning at this material time; our doors are open at the party level, we will welcome him to join GPN,” Barau said.
On its part, the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said although Gidado’s resignation had not been formally brought to the notice of the party, it was wishing the former deputy governor, all the best in his political endeavour.
“We have nothing to say for now because the resignation was not brought to the notice of the party secretariat.
“The party is mother of all its members; we are wishing him the best in his endeavour,” said the party, through its Publicity Secretary, Malam Adamu Jalla
Meanwhile, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Malam Kabiru Lemmy, said the development would not have any negative impact on the progress of the state.
“Governance is a continuous process; if one person leaves, another person will continue with the programmes on ground.
“There is nothing wrong in his resignation because it is a normal happening to be appointed, dropped or resign.
“But I must confess that we will miss him (Gidado) because he is a person with repute and is highly respected,” said Lemmy.