Abdullahi Ganduje, the governor of Kano State, has requested political appointees and also other public officials seeking election in 2023 to retire by Monday, April 18.
Ganduje’s directive was stated in a statement made by his media aide, Abba Anwar, on Sunday, April 17; in which he likewise based his decision on a clause of the Electoral Act 2022.
“Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State, directed all political appointees running for elective offices in the forthcoming 2023 general elections to resign from their respective positions,” the statement partly read.
Ganduje said appointees willing to contest for political offices have up to Monday to resign.
Many governors including Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Bala Mohammed (Bauchi), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), as well as Bello Abubakar (Niger) had earlier ordered their political appointees to resign; in obedience to the provision of the Electoral Act 2022.
Section 84 (12) of the Electoral Act 2022, signed by President Muhammadu Buhari, stipulates that political appointees aspiring to contest elections must resign their positions; before the conduct of political party primaries.
“No political appointees at any level shall be a voting delegate or be voted for at the Convention or Congress of any political party for the purpose of the nomination of candidates for any election,” the section stated.
Meanwhile, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, on Sunday, April 17, lamented said all aspects of life in Nigeria have been destroyed under the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Kukah also stated this in his 2022 Easter message. According to the cleric, the country had certainly been turned into “a big national hospital with full occupancy.”
He said, “Our individual hearts are broken. Our family dreams are broken. Homes are broken. Churches, Mosques, and infrastructure are broken. Our educational system is broken and our children’s lives and futures are broken.
“Our politics is broken. The economy is broken. The energy system is broken. Our security system is broken. Our roads and rails are broken. Corruption is alive and well.”
The cleric also added Nigerians could no longer recognise their country; which, according to him, “has been battered and buffeted by men and women from the dark womb of time.”