Fear has gripped many top government officials and aides of the immediate past governor of Kaduna State, Mr. Patrick Yakowa, who died in a plane crash on Saturday.
Sources in Kaduna Government House told Saharareporters that a major casualty is likely to be the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Lawal Samaila Abdullahi, a relative of Prof. Ango Abdullahi, as well as several Commissioners close to the late governor.
The crux of the problem is the widely-known and intense political rivalry between Abdullahi and the new governor, Alhaji Yero, when he was Deputy Governor which seems to justify booting out the state’s scribe.
The source added that the only choice before Abdullahi is to bow out or risk his position which is now shaky in view of the fact that Yero may want to bring in his allies from the larger and suddenly more powerful camp of Vice President Namadi Sambo.
Other officials whose seats are hanging by a thread are Abokie Galadima, Yakowa’s Chief of Staff; the Private Personal Secretary, Allamagani Yohanna; the Commissioner of Finance, Mr. John Ayuba; his Water Resources counterpart, Sunday Katung; Mr. Timothy Gandu, Economic Planning; and Jonathan Kish Adamu, the Commissioner of Justice and Attorney General.
Another suspected to be on the list heading for the exits is Mr. Reuben Buhari, Yakowa’s media aide. Sources said he will be booted out as Yero’s camp already has a spokesman-in-waiting.
A top female politician in Kaduna who pleaded for anonymity said there will be major shake-up by Governor Yero, and that, contrary to what he has said, he will also reverse many policies of his previous boss.
She said, “If you know the mindset of Yero, he is complete product of Sambo and will act in that light. There will be major shakeup and the booting but just after burial.”
As at the time of this report, Yakowa’s son, Mr. Peter Ibrahim Yakowa, was said to be moving out the personal belongings of his father from the official residence to their private home in Kaduna town.