Two hundred and fifty-two Special Advisers and Special Assistants appointed under Sokoto Staste Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal’s administration have resigned their positions.
The affected aides said their resignations were informed by the recent decision of the Governor to dump the All Progressives Congress (APC), 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 were 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 taking up our appointments as SAs and it was based on our membership values that we were given such positions… We want to assure that we will work for the success of APC, President Buhari and our state party leader, Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko come 2019 general election,” Haske said.
Also speaking, a former Special Assistant, Hajia Rabi Tudunwada, alleged that she and other aides of the Governor were called and compelled to swear with Holy Qur’an to secure their promise to defect from APC before they could be paid their August 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 electorate.
Responding, the state APC chairman, Hon. Isah Achida, thanked the affected Special Advisers and Assistants for their loyalty to the party.
He also promised them rewards for their “steadfastness and commitment to the party.”
But the Director-General, Media and Publicity to Governor Tambuwal, Abubakar Shekara, disclosed to The PUNCH that their positions were of no effect to the administration of Sokoto state describing it as “a reaction and an afterthought.”
“Their resignation was a reaction to their sacking, conveyed to them earlier in the day, which made them to rush to the press. They had earlier stormed the cabinet office, demanding for their August salary?, which was being sorted out. Their appointment was terminated to enable them get involved in partisan politics without ethical or moral dilemma”, he added.