Bauchi State commissioner for commerce and industry, Mohammed Al-Hassan Sadiq has resigned from his position
His resignation is coming weeks after his boss, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, decamped from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Sadiq announced his resignation on his Facebook Page where he begged God for forgiveness for all his wrongdoing.
He explained that he tendered his letter of resignation to the Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed, during the State Executive Council meeting held on Wednesday at the Banquet Hall of the Government House.
He wrote on his Facebook page, “Every beginning has an end. Today, the 19th day of August 2020, I have honourably tendered my voluntary resignation as a Commissioner (Ministry of Commerce & Industries) and a Member of the State Executive Council in the Government of Bauchi State.
“It was a rare privilege and opportunity to have served my state in such an exalted position.
“I thank H.E the Executive Governor – Sen. Bala A. Mohammed (Kauran Bauchi) for the wonderful opportunity accorded to me. In the same vein, I must appreciate my boss, H.E, the Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara for his usual support and the role he played in influencing same.
“I sincerely thank all my colleagues in the EXCO and the Ministry, whom we have worked with as a formidable team. I have enjoyed the understanding of my family at such a trying time.
“I beseech God to forgive all my wrongs and the general public/colleagues to pardon me. I urge you to help me, pray God to grant me success, contentment and peace of mind in my new endeavour. Thank you all and remain blessed.”
Sadiq is the second commissioner to resign from Governor Bala Mohammed’s cabinet since his ascension to office last year.
Earlier last year, former commissioner for finance, Nura Manu Soro, had also resigned from Mohammed’s government after three months in office.
Soro was sworn in alongside other 19 commissioners on September 11.
While inaugurating the new SEC, the governor had tasked Soro and other commissioners to set machinery in motion to flush out all ghost workers on salary payrolls in the state.
It is to be recalled that Dogara, had accused the Bauchi State governor of misconduct and unfulfilled campaign promises when he dumped the PDP.
According to the former Speaker, his move was to enable him to remain consistent in his principle of fighting for good governance in Bauchi State.
In his resignation letter, addressed to the Chairman of the PDP at Bogoro ‘C’ Ward in Bogoro Local Government Area, Dogara had also accused Governor Bala Mohammed of bad governance.
He wrote: “I write to intimate you of my decision to resign my membership of the PDP.
“This became necessary because the same reasons why we fought in 2019 to effect change in the governance of our dear state are festering now. I intend to bring these issues to front burners once again as the fight to install a decent and egalitarian government in our dear state continues.
“Specifically, I intend to ask questions about the following: what has happened to LGA allocation since May 2019? What happened to our campaign promise to conduct the local government council (LGC) election within six months of the PDP government?
“Why are we segmenting salaries and why is the payment of state workers’ salaries outsourced to a private firm as consultants? Why are contracts inflated, awarded, and payment of mobilisation done in violation of extant rules on procurement?
“Why are our highly revered traditional rulers and elders treated with odium, contrary to the guarantee we gave them during the campaigns that such would not happen under the PDP government?
“Mr Chairman, you will agree with me that I cannot raise these issues and others without a charge of disloyalty levelled against me if I were to remain a member of the PDP. I cannot also fail to raise these questions now, having raised the same during the administrations of Isa Yuguda and M. A. Abubakar.
“If I abdicate this responsibility on the altar of partisan loyalty, I will be the most irresponsible and unprincipled politician in Bauchi State. Thus, by this letter, I have resigned my membership of the PDP to enable me to keep faith with my principle of fighting for good governance in our dear state.”