From Tom Garba, Yola
Governor Muhammad Umaru Jibrilla Bindow has given insight into why he dumped former Governor Murtala Nyako whose political structure he allegedly to win the 2015 governorship election.
Bindow said he dumping Nyako because former Vice President Atiku Abubakar contributed N500 million to his campaign fund, a largess Bindow said made it possible for him to win the last election.
The governor made the disclosure when he played host to Jimeta indigenes at Government House, Yola on Wednesday.
His words: “I shifted loyalty to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar because of the N.5b he gave to support my governorship campaign. During the campaign Nyako and his son Abdulazziz were in London. I have no regret over my decision.
“Apart from the money from the (All Progressives Party, APC) headquarters, nobody gave me N10 during the campaign. The former VP asked me if we had any financial problem. I called the then party state secretary, Abdullahi Bakari, who wrote and put our campaign demand at N300 million to Atiku. It was after the submission that that Atiku sent half a billion naira through Jauro to me,” the governor stated.
Confirming the governor’s claim, his Chief of Staff, Mr. Abdulrham Abba who was part of the delegate said “when you have two enemies, you join one to fight the other. So, what the governor did was right. We are working with Atiku because we believed in him and his political ideology.”
When contacted on the issues, Mr Mijinyawa Kugama one of Nyako’s close political allied said: “We will react on a later date.”
Bindow also reinstated his loyalty to Atiku. He said: “My allegiance to Abubakar is due to the fact that he is one politician in the state who has Adamawa at heart. He has demonstrated it by his massive business investments in the state and if he decides to fold his businesses up today, our state will be nothing. I commend him for that and I am encouraging our sons and daughters to invest more in this state because we do not have any other place apart from this state. His businesses have impacted positively on the lives of our people through employment generation and wealth creation.’’
He urged other well-meaning sons and daughters in the state to emulate Abubakar for his patriotism to the state.
Bindow said that he would not short-change the people of the state with resources been allocated for their development.
According tom him, “I will not do what the previous administrations were doing, by carrying people’s money to service our `big brothers’ in Abuja. I can’t imagine me carrying monies that are meant for the development of the state to our `big brothers’ in Abuja.
“Even if one wants to give money where is the money? For me I do not have anybody who dictates to me what I should do for the state and I am assuring you that I will not disappoint you people. What you will do for me is to pray for us and support us to archive our goal of turning this state to an economic viable state.
He urged the people to continue to support the administration to achieve its task of transforming the state.
Alhaji Abdulrahman Adamu, Chairman, Jimeta Community in Yola North Local government commended the governor for the provision of massive infrastructural development in Jimeta.
Adamu said that the physical projects, at their completion would add glamour to the community.
According to him, this development is unprecedented to our community.
He appealed to the governor to improve on waste management in the area, adding that the efforts of the local government in environmental sanitation were inadequate.
Adamu also urged the state government to improve on water supply within the Jimeta community
He said that the Jimeta community would continue to support the governor to succeed.
Jimeta is the headquarters of Yola North Local Government in Adamawa.
The community is the socio economic hub of the state as it hosts the seat of government, Judiciary and the House of Assembly, among others.