The Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has directed his Chief of Staff, Ali Haruna Makoda, as well as three other commissioners who tendered their resignation to continue carrying out their duties.
The directive was contained in a statement issued in Kano.
The governor however accepted the resignation of seven other commissioners.
The statement said the governor approved the resignation of Nasir Gawuna (his deputy), who doubles as Agric Commissioner, Murtala Sule Garo, Ibrahim Abubakar Karaye, Mahmud Muhammad Santsi, Muntari Ishaq Yakasai, Musa Iliyasu Kwankwaso and Kabiru Ado Lakwaya, the Commissioners Local Govt & Chieftancy Affairs, Culture & Tourism, Housing & Transport, Special Duties, Rural & Community Development, and Youth & Sports, respectively.
“The Governor thanked them for their tremendous contributions towards the development of the state and wishes them well in all future endeavors. In this respect, the Permanent Secretaries of the affected ministries should take charge immediately,” the statement said.
“However, the Chief of Staff and all other Commissioners are directed to continue carrying out their duties in their respective ministries.”
Among the commissioners the Governor directed to return to their duty posts are Nura Muhammed Dankade, Sanusi Said Kiru, and Dr. Aminu Tsanyawa, commissioners for Budget & Planning, Education and Health, respectively.
The governor had also rejected the resignation of the Managing Director of Kano Road and Transport Agency (KAROTA), Baffa Dan Agundi.
In line with section 84 (12) of the amended Electoral Act, political appointees interested in contesting 2023 elections have been stepping down.
No fewer than 53 Commissioners and other aides of governors have resigned to contest for elective positions ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Section 84 (12) says that “No political appointee at any level shall be a voting delegate or be voted for at the convention or congress of any political party for the nomination of candidates for any election.”