*says they couldn’t cope with ‘Change’
By Chesa Chesa
Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar, has explained that his deputy, Nuhu Gidado, and three other appointees who have quit his cabinet recently may have done so because they could not keep pace with his change agenda for the state.
The governor, who was in Aso Rock on Friday to thank President Muhammadu Buhari for paying a visit to Bauchi last month, however, said there was no bad blood between him and Gidado, who had in his resignation letter this week, pledged his continued loyalty to the governor.
Asked by state House correspondents to explain the spate of resignations, Abubakar said it was “because I have come to Bauchi State to engender change and change is very very difficult for people to accept. People are used to a certain way of doing business and I have come to change that way of doing business.
“Because that way was destroying Bauchi State, we had to put a stop to it. We had to bring Bauchi state out of the dungeon. I give people a chance and if you think you can go at my pace, you stay; and if you can’t go at my pace you resign.”
When reminded that Gidado’s spokesman had blamed the resignation on exclusion of his boss from important decision-making process in the state, the governor dismissed it and noted that he added the Education Ministry, with a large budgetary allocation, to Gidado’s schedule.
His words: “I think he is wrong. Go to the House of Assembly and check, I went on official leave twice since I took over and each time I transmitted a letter from to the House of Assembly making him the acting governor of Bauchi.
“Moreover, I gave him the most important ministry, Ministry of Education where I have been allocating the largest share of the budget of Bauchi State from the time I took over till date.”
Abubakar insisted that he maintained a good working relationship with his deputy, stressing that the resignation letter showed that “there was nothing bad that transpired between us. His final paragraph is that he remains loyal to his leader and his brother.
“In my response I eulogized him and wished him the best in his future endeavour and assured him of the support of the good people of Bauchi State. There was no problem whatsoever.
“The word resignation connotes a will on the part of the person who has offered. He offered his letter willingly and there is no way you can force him to accept an employment when the time has come for him to look else where.
“We had the most fantastic working relationship. In his words and you can ask him, he had said several times that he is the most pampered deputy governor in Nigeria.”