Tension soared in the ruling All Progressives Congress in Borno state as the state governor, Kashim Shettima, announced his first cabinet appointment that excluded his former Secretary to the State Government, Baba Ahmed Jidda.
Mr, Shettima’s list of appointees indicate that the former SSG, who has occupied the same office in the last ten years since he was appointed by former Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff, will now be
replaced with his kin, Usman Jidda as the new SSG.
Mr. Shettima and Mr. Jidda’s relationship allegedly turned sour in the build up to the last election, and worsened after the election.
There has been no clear reason for the fight between the duo.
In a statement, the permanent secretary, administration and general service at the governor’s office, Maryam Bukar-Abba-Ibrahim, said Mr. Shettima reappointed Isa Gusau as his spokesperson.
Mr. Gusau will function as Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy.
The statement also disclosed that Yakubu Bukar and Modu Musa would retain their positions as Head of Service and Chief of Staff respectively.
Usman Kumo was also reappointed as Senior Special Assistant on Media
(Radio), while Kwapchi Dibal retains her position as SSA on Media (Television).
Other appointments include Yusuf Shettima and Abba Bashir Talbari
(Social Media), Baba Abdulkarim, (Special Projects), Mustapha Mohammed
Kukawa and Christopher Godwin Akaba (Special Duties).
The new SSG, Jidda Shuwa, according to Ms. Bukar Abba-Ibrahim, 57, studied law at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.
He was at various times registrar of Borno College of Legal and Islamic Studies (BOCOLIS).
He was also a lecturer at the University of Maiduguri and Director of Administration at the Borno State Agricultural Development Programme until recently when he became executive chairman of Borno State Teaching Service Board.
Governor Shettima congratulated all the appointees, and urged them to contribute immensely towards the development of the state.
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