The Deputy Governor of Bauchi State, Engr. Nuhu Gidado has resigned, his
spokesman Yakubu Adamu confirmed to Daily Trust last night.
Gidado reportedly conveyed his decision to resign from his position
through a letter dated May 16.
In the letter, which became public yesterday, Gidado told Governor
Mohammed Abubakar that: “Indeed, along the way in the early days of our
this administration, I did reiterate my commitment to serve for a single
term and, ordinarily, I should have remained up to the end of the tenure,
but, with the currently 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, the system we are serving and, above all,
to my conscience before the Almighty Allah.
“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
“Despite all sir, 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.”
Meanwhile, sources close to the two politicians told the Daily Trust last
night that the deputy governor resigned because of “irreconcilable
differences” with Governor Abubakar.
A source close to the former deputy governor said Engr. Gidado and Gov.
Abubakar had been “strange bed fellows” right from the onset of the
administration in 2015.
“Deputy Governor Gidado and Governor Abubakar actually parted ways not
more than a year after they were sworn-in because their perspective about
governance is different,” the source said.
“Gidado who felt side-lined in the scheme of things had wanted to leave
long ago but for the interventions of some First Class emirs in the state,
including the emirs of Bauchi and that of Jama’are,” the source said.
He alleged that Governor Abubakar always took decisions without recourse
to other members of the state executive council, including the deputy
Another source said Gidado’s travails were compounded by the politics of
“The truth is that Governor Abubakar wants a second term but he has lost
grip of Bauchi South because of his fight with Speaker Yakub Dogara and
other politicians, he has to look elsewhere. Gidado is from Jama’are Local
Government but the people of Katagum, that is Azare, have assured him of
bulk votes in the event he picks his deputy from there,” he said.
But sources close to Governor Abubakar said Gidado left without cogent
reasons. “He was never sidelined by the governor; he is just too
ambitious,” one of them said.
He, however, admitted that Gidado had issues with his boss right from the
“Remember that Gidado also contested for the governorship; it was after
Abubakar won the ticket that he picked him as deputy and since their
inauguration, he tends to behave as if he is the governor whenever the
governor is out of town.
“Sometimes he would switch off his phones and remained inaccessible to
even the governor and on many occasions, he would not even attend state
“In the last one year, he stopped participating in governance and it was
even contemplated that he should be sacked if not for the intervention of
some people,” he said.
Our reporter contacted Governor Abubakar’s Press Secretary, Abubakar
El-Sadique on telephone who promised to call back whenever he got details
but did not at the time of filing this report.
Gidado is the third senior government functionary in Bauchi to have