From Tom Garba, Yola
A chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Adamawa State, Alhaji Uba Danarewa, has cautioned Governor Muhammadu Umaru Jibrilla Bindow, not to sack his Chief of Staff, Alhaji Abdulrahaman Abba Jimeta.
Jimeta ran into trouble over the embarrassment he caused the governor with a widely reported statement that Adamawa has set aside N200 million for religious leaders to pray against insurgency and for the success of the Bindow administration.
Danarewa called on the governor not to sack the embattled Jimeta, as doing so will amount to injustice, considering the sacrifices the chief of staff made towards the realization of Bindow’s ambition.
Danarewa gave the advice via a popular Hausa political programme aired by Radio Gotel, noting that some politicians who do not want the progress of the administration for their selfish ends were behind the strident move to get the chief of staff sacked from office.
The governor who was embarrassed by the statement which portrays his government as steeped in deep corruption wielded the big stick by stopping Jimeta, who was hitherto seen as the most powerful figure in the administration, from making policy statements on behalf of the government.
The development has caused anxiety within government circles as many see it as a prelude to sacking the Chief of Staff who has powerful enemies in the system.
Danarewa noted that sacking the chief of staff will also affect the fortunes of many loyal partymen who played significant roles in ushering Bindow into Government House, adding that the chief of staff knew the contributions made by individuals towards the victory of the party, noting that bringing a new person will destabilise the arrangement.
He pleaded with the governor “not to heed the call of such politicians who are in the habit of using ethnic or religious cards to achieve their selfish political motives as they will cause serious disaffection in the state.”
Political pundits in the state had hitherto faulted Jimeta’s dominance in government activities in Adamawa, including making policy statements many expected the governor himself to make.
From Tom Garba, Yola