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Adamawa Governor to Atiku: You’re on your own

…Says he remains APC member


Governor of Adamawa State, Jubrila Bindow, on Monday, vowed never to dump the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) following the insinuation that he may follow the footstep of the former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, who recently resigned from the party.

Governor Bindow, while fielding questions from the State House Correspondents shortly after his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said Atiku is mature to take a decision that affects him.

Responding to a question on whether he would join the former vice president, Bindow said: “Let me talk about Atiku first before myself. The former vice president is more than matured enough to decide whatever he wants to decide for himself.

“As far as I am concerned, I am one of the founding fathers of APC. When I was in the Senate, we were the ones, alongside the current Senate President that worked very hard to ensure that all members of the National Assembly; that we agreed to move to APC. So, I cannot see any reason why, today, that the House I built, that I will leave. So I am in APC for the rest of my life, period.”

On whether he meant that Atiku is on his own, the governor emphasised: “I have told you, he is more than matured enough. He is an eminent personality, a former vice president and so will be able to decide what he wants to do.”

He said his intention already had been made known when he endorsed President Buhari for second term.

“Yes, I was fortunate enough, very rare opportunity to be the first governor to do that for our president. As far as we, the people of the north east are concerned, we will remain loyal to our president who is highly committed to the fight against insurgency. We will remain loyal to our president,” he said.

Bindow assured that his decision to pitch a tent with Buhari would neither jeopardise his relationship with Atiku nor any other elders in the state.

According to him, not only Waziri of Adamawa (Atiku), every elder in Adamawa State, as far as I am concerned, I regard them as my parents or elders.

“So, Waziri remains somebody I respect as a father, and the same with any other elder in the state,” he said.

On the political implication in the state, the governor assured that APC, as a party, is waxing stronger in Adamawa.

“Well, APC is strong, we have 25 members in the state assembly, 23, in fact, 24 now because one of them have moved to the APC, so, 24 out of 25 members in the House of Assembly are APC. The three Senators from the state are APC, even the House of Reps, including Adamu Kamale who recently moved to the APC. So we are strong and we will continue to be strong,” he said.

On why he was at the villa, the governor said: “I came to brief Mr. President on the security situation in Adamawa state with regards to what happened a couple of days ago.”