Ganduje's SSA resigns over governor's refusal to concede defeat in gubernatorial elections

GOVERNOR Abdullahi Ganduje's special assistant on urban beautification Alhaji Hashim Suleiman has tendered his resignation in protest at his boss's refusal to concede defeat in the recently concluded Kano State gubernatorial elections.


On March 9, voters in Kano went to the polls to elect a new governor and members of the state house of assembly but due to irregularities, the Independent National Electoral Commission (Inec), has declared the polls inconclusive. Due to a series of malpractices, including ballot box snatching, over-voting and violence, results from several polling stations were cancelled and Inec now plans to have a re-run in these areas.


As is the case in five other states, Inec plans to hold supplementary elections on March 23 in the affected local government areas before declaring the winner. So far, Abba Kabir-Yusuf of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is leading the race with 1,020,465 votes, while Governor Ganduje is in second place with 987,459 votes.


Alhaji Suleiman, has however, decided to leave before the re-run, handing in his resignation letter to the secretary to the Kano State government. He added that as a transparent Muslim, the governor ought to have conceded defeat, so as to serve as a precedent to other Muslims, who serve Allah in truth and sincerity.


"I write to formally inform you of my voluntary resignation from the office of senior special assistant, beautification. I thank you for offering me the opportunity to serve under your administration as senior special assistant,” Alhaji Suleiman added.


Governor Ganduje has been the subject of bribery allegations lately after he was captured on video receiving a kickback from a government contractor. It is said that he receives 30% of the value of all contracts his government awards in the form of kickbacks as a condition for awarding them.