The Kano State deputy governor Prof. Hafiz Abubakar, has petitioned the police and State Security Service, SSS, over threat to his life and plans to impeach him, DAILY NIGERIAN learnt Monday.
Prof. Hafiz Abubakar, a loyalist of former Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso, has been at loggerheads with the state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, for siding with Senator Kwankwaso in the political impasse in the state.
The threat to his life was contained in a five paragraph petition dated 30th July 30, 2018 and addressed to the Police commissioner and copied the IGP, AIG Zone 1 and the DSS.
The deputy governor in the petition sought deployment of security personnel around him.
In the petition, the deputy governor said the state government has released funds to mobilise youths from the 44 local government areas of the state to protest against his stay in office without either resigning or facing impeachment.
attention has been drawn to orchestrated plots to frame me up on non-existing allegations to pave way for my impeachment from office by the State House of Assembly,” the letter read.
“Secondly, the state government was also alleged to have made funds available to the 44 Local Government Councils to raise groups and organize a protest in the State Capital to call for either my resignation or impeachment from office.
“The concern here is that the protest, no matter how peaceful it was intended to be, could be hijacked by miscreants and turn it into violent one, thereby posing security threat not only to my person but to the state at large.
“Another worry is the fact that, I am residing in my private residence not the official residence that is located in the secure environment within the Government House, as Government is yet to provide me with the Statutory Official Residence. I travel no less than 40km to and from my residence to the office on daily basis.
“In view of the foregoing realities, I am calling on the State Police Command to strengthen security around me and particularly at my residence in order to forestall any unpleasant security breach.”
Reactiing to the development in an interview with Solacebase Kano state Commissioner for Information Muhammad Garba said he was not aware of the petition and expressed surprise on the threat to life allegation of the Deputy governor.
It was reliably gathered that the impeached Speaker of the Kano House of Assembly, Abdullahi Ata, planned to serve impeachment notice to Hafiz Abubakar today but was impeached before arriving at the chamber.
DAILY NIGERIAN learnt that six legislators loyal to Rabiu Kwankwaso and a few other closet supporters of the senator in the House struck a deal for protection of their interest and that of the deputy governor in the event of defection to PDP.
Hafiz Abubakar may likely vie for the PDP governorship ticket as he would be, upon defection, the most ranking member in the Kwankwasiyya movement after Mr Kwankwaso.