Bindow Bars Chief of Staff From Making Policy Statement

Adamawa State Governor, Jibrillah Bindow
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From Tom Garba, Yola
Disturbed by the recent reactions that trailed a statement credited to Alhaji Abdulrahman Abba Jimeta, Chief of Staff to the Adamawa State Governor, Muhammadu Umaru Bindow that the state government has earmarked N200 million for prayer warriors in the fight against insurgency in the state, it appears that the governor has barred his Chief of Staff from speaking on behalf of the government.
Recall that last week, Adamawa State government has been managing its image in public domain over the statement, which generated controversy in the state and nation at large, embarrassing the government.
Investigation by The Dream Daily Yola revealed that most of the government functions of recent are taking place without the dominance of the Chief of Staff as usual.
An impeccable source at the Government House who pleaded anonymity confirmed that the development has caused the government a serious setback in the eyes of the public.
Jimeta, who until the recent development was seen as “governor-de-facto” and was known for making policy statements on behalf of the government.
A source who pleaded anonymity said: “Bindow was seriously disturbed by the embarrassment caused by Jimeta’s declaration, which caused an uneasy situation, so he had decided to ban the Chief of Staff henceforth from making policy statements. In facts, the governor is shunning him, because even functions and other official engagements are not being communicated to him.”
Sources said that distraught by this development, the embattled Chief of Staff has resorted to non-active participation in public functions. “He was not even at the airport to receive the governor on Tuesday. Though no official communication to that effect, I can authoritatively disclose that the governor has barred him from making public statements,” a top government official further confirmed.
Reports however indicate that the embattled Chief of Staff has since begun making move to clip Bindow’s wings as he was said to have held a secret meeting with local government APC party chairmen.
“Yes, it is true there was a meeting, during which the Chief of Staff prevailed on the chairmen on the need to summon the governor so as to discuss vital issues affecting the party and its leadership. But I cannot tell you whether he has asked us to defend him or not, it’s not your concern,” said a party chairman who does not want to be quoted.

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