Governors-Elect Frown At Outgoing Governors Shunning Transition Panels

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The fact that the departing governors of several states are supposedly not working with their successors raises significant suspicions that the transition process is not proceeding without hitches in those jurisdictions.

Following the development, the panels established by the new governors are interrogating the state’s financial health, which is causing unrest.

Before Dauda Dare’s inauguration on May 29, Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawalle was charged of failing to work with the new administration.

In an interview on Monday, Faruku Ahmed, the state’s PDP publicity secretary, emphasized that Matawalle had abandoned the state and had been avoiding the governor-elect ever since he lost his campaign for reelection.

Ahmed said, “The incoming administration of Dauda Lawan Dare has been trying to get some relevant information from the outgoing administration, but Governor Bello Mattawalle is not willing to cooperate with the committees appointed by the incoming governor to find out the true picture of things.

“Based on this, the incoming governor appointed sub-committees to go round the ministries, departments and other agencies in order to get relevant information because Governor Matawalle is not willing to prepare handing over notes.”

He condemned those condemning the committee appointed by the governor-elect to investigate ministries, departments and other government agencies in the state.

He said Dare had every right to appoint committees to furnish him with relevant information on the activities of the outgoing administration ‘’so that he would know where to start and how to recover some government properties and funds allegedly diverted by the outgoing administration of Governor Bello Matawalle in the last four years.’’

The incoming governor recently constituted a committee under the leadership of a former Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Abubakar, to ensure the smooth handing and taking over of government on May 29.

“Since Governor Matawalle is not ready to cooperate with the incoming administration, the appointed committees will find out the true situation of things for the incoming administration.

“So, we will not wait until the handing over date. We will continue to invite top civil servants and public office holders to come and make clarifications,’’ the PDP spokesman declared.