Leadership vacuum in Kano as Ganduje, deputy, speaker, deputy speaker leave state
NEWS DIGEST – There is currently no leadership in Kano State as the Governor of the state, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Deputy Governor Hafiz Abubakar and Speaker Abdullahi Atta are out of the Country, THE NEWS DIGEST can authoritatively report.
The deputy speaker of the House is also currently out of the Country.
With all principal officers out, the state is currently without any sitting governor nor acting Governor, thereby breaching the constitutional provisions that the state must not be left without a governor in instance that the sitting governor wants to leave the Country or would proceed on an official assignment .
The speaker who should have taken over reigns of affairs in absence of both deputy governor and governor is also not available while his deputy who should take over has also traveled.
This newspaper learnt that all the four leaders traveled to Mecca to observe Lesser pilgrimage.
When contacted the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Abba Anwar told this newspaper that the deputy governor is in town and he saw him yesterday (Friday) although he earlier acknowledged that the the deputy Governor had traveled already.
Mr. Abba said: “The deputy governor is around I saw him yesterday.”
However, he had earlier told this newspaper that all principal officials has traveled but the permanent secretaries and Commissioners are on seat.
He however backtracked when asked who the acting Governor of the state is, apparently understanding the implication of the question he said: “the deputy governor is around I saw him yesterday.”
However, in a picture posted on Facebook, the media aide of the deputy governor ,Farouk Musa had said that his principal (deputy governor) has travelled for lesser hajj and wished him safe return.
He posted: “His Excellency the acting governor of Kano is traveling to Saudi Arabia to perform Umra: May Allah accept our ibadah and return him back home safely” the post reads.
This contrasts the position of Mr. Abba (Governor’s media aide), who stated that he saw the deputy governor yesterday (Friday).
As at the time of this report it remains unclear on what fate of Kano state indigenes and residents would be as there continues to be a vacuum in the state and no leadership as at the moment.
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