By Ibrahim Abdul
The forum of former chairmen and elected councillors in Adamawa state have pitched their tent with the state governor, Jibrilla Bindow, over non-payment of their entitlements.
While addressing newsmen on Sunday, Dedan Menayi, the vice chairman of the forum, said his members were constrained to withdraw their support from the governor due to his inability to pay medical and health workers, as well as local government staff for over eight months.
The forum noted with great concern that as grassroots politicians, they were neglected by the Mr Bindow’s led administration hence the need to pitch tent and work for another APC candidate.
He said: ‘’Governor Bindow, in his usual deceit, have several times promised to pay furniture allowances to all former vice chairmen, secretaries, supervisory councillors, legislative councillors and advisers but he had refused to fulfil his promise.
‘’With these few among other failures of governor Bindow, we are withdrawing our total loyalty and support and calling on all patriotic APC governorship aspirants, most especially Dr Mahmood Halilu Ahmed–Modi, to come and rescue the state.”
Also speaking, another former councillor, Moses Fwa, decried Mr Bindow reduced their tenure and salary to 50%.
‘’Each councillor is being owed N7.8 million. We have 105 supervisory councillors, 226 legislative councillors, 21 vice chairmen.
‘’The aftermath of this has led to separation in marriages, eviction by landlords and closure of many small and intermediate businesses in the state.
The failure of the governor to pay salaries has also led to the withdrawal of our children from schools,’’ he lamented.
Another former female councillor, Bilhatu Titus, said: “when we were on board, we didn’t execute any project, no money and no people-oriented projects by the present administration. How do you expect us to campaign for the governor?