It made headlines that the Zamfara Deputy Governor, Mahdi Aliyu Gusau refused to defect to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, with the Governor, Bello Matawalle.
Gusau remained in the party that brought them to power, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. He went ahead to pledge his unalloyed loyalty to PDP. That is not a bad thing at all. But there is a major mistake Gusau must prevent to avoid having problem with his Boss Matawalle.
What is that major mistake Gusau must avoid?
Well, the Deputy Governor must avoid anything that will portray him as being disloyal to Governor Matawalle. Every Governor expects unalloyed loyalty from his Deputy. This is because the constitution has made the Governor more powerful and superior to the Deputy Governor. As the head of his State, the Governor wields so much power over all other government officials and other people in the state. The Deputy Governor is only an assistant to the Governor. So, the Governor expects that his Deputy must remain loyal to him as long as they remain in power.
It is very rare to see a state where the Governor and his Deputy belong to different political parties. When such a thing happened in Ondo State few months ago in 2020, something happened. Then, Deputy Governor Agboola Ajayi defected from APC to PDP while Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu remained in APC where he sought reelection. What happened was that Akeredolu and his loyalists sought for ways to impeach Ajayi. They made so many efforts through the Ondo State House of Assembly to impeach Ajayi. Ajayi and his loyalists resisted it amid serious political tension in the state.
Refusing to defect with Governor Matawalle is already a red flag shown by the the Deputy Governor as some people might have interpreted it. Some people and other forces loyal to the Governor may tag it a sign of disloyalty to Matawalle by Gusau. So, to avoid the Governor from concluding that he is disloyal, Gusau must avoid any actions or utterances that may portray him as being disloyal to the Governor.
This is for Gusau to avoid his Boss from making efforts to remove him from office. Now, Gusau must understand that he and the Governor do not just belong to different political parties but rival parties that seek to outsmart each other. He needs to be careful and remain loyal so as not to lose his office.
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