The appointments of no fewer than three supervisory councilors and five special advisers in Batagarawa Local Government Area of Katsina State have been terminated over alleged anti-party activities in February 25, 2023, presidential poll.
The action appears to be in line with the position of the state government which decried the purported roles of many top public functionaries at both the state and local government levels in the defeat of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) at the election in the state, promising that the trend would change.
Batagarawa Local Government Secretary, Junaidu Bara’u, in a statement on behalf of the council chairman, Hon. Garba Tsanni, on February 27, 2023, ordered the affected appointees to handover all government properties in their possession to their respective directors with immediate effect.
Although the council justified its action as “an effort to sanitize and make some strategic re-alignment and adjustment in the local government council administration,” many are of the view that the action was in connection with the outcome of the poll that didn’t favour the ruling party either in the area or in the state.
Affected by the action were Nuhu Hamisu, Aminu Gidado, Sayyadi Yau, then Supervisory Councilors for Education, Works and Finance respectively. Others included Manya Chaka, Bishir Mani Danda, Muhammad Sada, Hindatu Suleiman and Abubakar Adamu, then Special Adviser on Livestock, Tsangaya Schools, Power and Energy, Women Affairs and Public Enlightenment respectively.
Neither the council secretary nor the disengaged appointees could be reached for comments as at press time on Saturday.
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