Don’t sacrifice your own in favour of a Yoruba man, Bindow tells supporters

By Suru Charles

Muhammad Umaru Jibrilla Bindow, the former Governor of Adamawa State, has told his supporters not to sacrifice their own in favour of a Yoruba man who do not know their existence.

Bindow, it would be recalled, served as the State Governor from 2015-2019 under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The former governor, who made the call yesterday while ditching the party that brought him to limelight to pitch his tent with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said the ill attitudes of his former political party forced him to decide to align his weight with the PDP.

Citing the way and manner he was “humiliated, maltreated and abused” by the party he claimed to have served with passion and patriotism, he said he has to change course and support one of his own, Atiku Abubakar, in the presidential election so as to protect his interest and that of his followers.

He said, “I want to personally help Atiku because he is my own candidate how can we leave Atiku to support one Yoruba man who do not know our existence? If we vote Atiku, I will be a senior stakeholder in his government and if I am in the government you are also in the government.

“In the same vein, we will also support governor Fintiri because there is no way you will support a presidential candidate without supporting his gubernatorial, senatorial and house of representatives candidates. I would talk to Fintiri and I will personally present you to him. We shall sort out all this because this is where our interests lie.”

On the incumbent governor of the state, he said “Fintiri is my younger brother. Sometimes, I do call him on the phone to advise and even warn him about the consequences of some of the decisions and policies of his government.”

He said he was irked by the impudence and disrespect of APC towards him despite the valiant role he played in bringing the party from grass to grace.

“I developed this party from scratch to this level. Nyako contributed only 10 per cent to the growth of APC, I gave 90 per cent contribution to the growth of the party in Adamawa State,” he said.

Further revealing his grievances before the ex-development area administrators, Bindow lamented that he won the gubernatorial election of the state in 2019 but his stern enemies from Yola made sure that they scuttled his victory.

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“In 2019 everyone knows I won the election fair and square but the Abuja-based APC stakeholders from Yola worked against that victory.”

Adding that, “Our parents have warned us that these people from Yola are our sworn enemies and they will never like us. Our parents have been vindicated because I have seen the open display of enmity and hatred from those people.

“Because of that, I tell you I have multitude of reasons to leave the party. I am giving you time to dwell and meditate on these issues I brought forward for your consideration. I came here to discuss our future together with you. I know APC is not a political party but an NGO because even in Mubi North or Mubi South I learnt there are two chairmen of the party. What kind of party is this? They only respect you at the time they need you,” he added.

The ex-governor said that another reason why he considers pitching a tent with Atiku is due to the respect, love and care the former vice president has been extending to him which culminated in a visit Atiku paid to him in his house sometime back.

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