Abdallah Hamdok, the Prime Minister of Sudan, put an end to the controversy surrounding the governor of Gedaref, and issued a decision to relieve him of his duties.
The Sudanese Prime Minister, Dr. Abdallah Hamdok, issued today, Wednesday, a decision to exempt Dr. Suleiman Ali Muhammad Musa from his position as Governor of Gedaref State.
Hamdok’s decision decreed that the Secretary General of the state government discharge the governor and freeze all his duties, awaiting a new governor’s appointment.
The decision came in accordance with the provisions of the constitutional document for the transitional period of 2019.
Hamdok directed the Ministries of Cabinet Affairs, Federal Government, Gedaref State Government and other concerned parties to take measures to make sure the decision is thoroughly implemented.
The issue of the exempt governor came into light after the Central Council of the Forces of Freedom and Change in Gedaref announced last Friday the withdrawal of confidence from Dr. Suleiman Ali, the governor in question.
The council’s decision came following the video footage had surfaced that reportedly proved the governor’s affiliation with the dissolved National Congress Party.
The council confirmed that it had no prior knowledge of a connection between the governor and the former regime when he was nominated for his position, and acknowledged its failure in researching the government’s affiliations.
Activists had circulated video clips showing the governor, years before the revolution, on a platform presenting leaders affiliated with the dissolved National Congress Party and the former regime.
Suleiman defended himself, and stated that the circulating footage was related to an event that the mayor of his tribe had asked him to host.
He also mentioned that the footage was taken in 2009, and that he had only appeared in the welcoming speech by order from the mayor and not as a member of National Congress, denying his connection to the dissolved party.
The now-relieved governor accused remnants of the former regime of promoting the video with the purpose of having him dismissed, after he had led campaigns against them and all other corrupt individuals.