The Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Ibrahim Dankwambo, resigned yesterday to pursue his political dream of becoming the next Governor of Gombe State, in the forthcoming 2011 elections.

Mr Dankwambo’s resignation brought to an end months of speculations about his political future.

In his letter of disengagement, titled “Withdrawal of Service as Accountant General of the Federation”, Mr Dankwambo said the decision was in response to the call of his people to participate in the unfolding political process.

In the letter, which was addressed to Mr Jonathan, the former AGF stated “I wish to inform you that I have withdrawn from the service and voluntarily relinquished my appointment as the Accountant General of the Federation with effect from Monday 20th December, 2010. This has become necessary in order to answer the call of my people at home to participate in the on-going political activities in the country.” Copies of Mr Dankwambo’s letter, which were also sent to all senior government officials, also called for the submission of comprehensive and up-to-date details of the activities in their respective departments in soft and hard copies by Thursday, December 23rd, 2010.

Tying loose ends

Before formally bringing his three years tenure to an eventful end, Mr Dankwambo held a 15 minutes closed door meeting with the Minister of State for Finance, Yabawa Lawan Wabi, in the absence of the Minister of Finance, Segun Aganga, who travelled outside the country on official engagement.

The Director of Funds, Babayo Shehu, has stepped into the office of the AGF in acting capacity.