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Reports of my plans to defect to PDP malicious, baseless – Gov Bindow


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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Adamawa State Governor, Muhammad Jibrilla Bindow, has described reports of his plans to defect from the All Progressives Congress, APC, to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as malicious and baseless.

Mr Bindow made the assertion in reaction to a report by a national daily on Sunday that he had given the PDP his conditions for joining the party and that talks on his possible defection had reached an advanced stage.

The governor, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Macaulay Hunohashi, dismissed the report in its totality, saying that he remained steadfast to the President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 re-election bid and was fully committed to the APC ideals.

Mr Bindow said his loyalty to his party and the Buhari-led administration was unshakable and it would be obtuse for anybody to believe such false defection plan reports.

According to him, the report was intended to malign him and cause mischief.

“Over the last three years, we have shown commitment to the yearnings of the good people of Adamawa State to improve their standard of living through progressive implementations of plans on agriculture, health, education, peace and security, water supply, youth and women empowerment as well as infrastructural development.

“And what is especially pleasing for me is that the people of the state recognize and appreciate our efforts to make Adamawa a better place for them and therefore they have supported this administration in every way possible.

“At the national level, President Muhammadu Buhari has done tremendously well for this country in security, economy, and fight against corruption, employment, health, education and infrastructural development.

“Like I have said many times in the past, President Buhari is the best thing to happen to this country. He means well for Nigeria. He is passionate about this country. He is trying to get a great future for Nigerians. So what reasons do I have to defect?

The Governor further stressed that these reports were plotted by some politicians who desperately wanted him to join the opposition.

He, therefore, called on them to dump the opposition parties and join him in APC, adding: “They are always welcome to join me in the APC.”

On his part, the Adamawa State APC Organising Secretary, Ahmed Lawal, said Mr Bindow was the most loyal member of the APC in the state.

The party chieftain noted that the governor was the first Senator to join the APC from the PDP over four years ago.

Mr Lawal added that Mr Bindow had done so much to move the party forward and had made the state a better place for all.

He, therefore, assured the governor of the confidence of every party member as well as the good people of the state.

“His transparency and accountability to the people of Adamawa state on how financial and material resources were expended as well as the distribution of projects across the state is almost perfect. No governor has done so much for Adamawa like Bindow has in three years.

“It is so unfortunate that we are our own enemies. What exactly do we want in Adamawa? If some people cannot for once appreciate the efforts of Bindow’s administration, I don’t know their own definition of development.

“We are proud of Adamawa under this administration and we will do our best for continuity. Come 2019, the party and the people will ensure that this true democrat returns as governor of the state with a landslide victory,” he assured.


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