Adeniyi Olugbemi, Sokoto
Two hundred and fifty-two Special Advisers and Special Assistants appointed under Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal’ s administration have resigned their positions.
The affected aides said their resignations were informed by the recent decision of the Sokoto State Governor to dump the All Progressives Congress, the party which they are bona fide members of in the state.
They stated that their resolve to remain in APC will not allow them to function in their respective positions under Tambuwal’s government.
Addressing journalists on Sunday in Sokoto, the spokesman of the SAs, Hon. Dasuki Haske, also said their decisions was hinged on their loyalty to the party.
“We deem it fit to state categorically that we are not ready to join Governor Tambuwal in his new party. That was what informed our decision. We will remain in APC and there is no going back.
“We are members of APC before taken up our appointments as SAs and it was based on our membership values that we are given such positions. Now, we have resigned because the governor has not performance well since inception to justify our supports for him.
“We want to assure that we will work for the success of APC in the state comes 2019 general election. We will work for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari and our state party leader, Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko,” Haske said.
Another Speaker, Alhaji Abdullahi Ahmad Sokoto said all the resigned aides will work for the success of APC in the state. He added that the party remained undisputed to beat in any elections.
Also speaking, a former Special Assistant, Hajia Rabi Tudunwada, has alleged that herself and other aides of the governor were called and compelled to swear with Holy Qur’an in assurance of their defection from APC before they could be pay their August monthly salary.
Hajia Tudunwada disclosed that some of them had refused to be part of the oath which informed their decision to resign from their respective positions.
She posited that both PDP and Governor Tambuwal will be rejected in the forthcoming general elections by the electorates.
Responding, the state APC Chairman, Hon. Isah Achida thanked the affected Special Advisers and Assistants for their loyalty to the party. He also promises them rewards for their steadfast and commitment to the party.
“We thank you for been loyal to the party and we are assuring you of equal treatment as a loyal party members. We have taken cognisant of your loyalty and commitment,” Achida statted.