The governor of Adamawa State, Alhaji Jibrilla Bindow has made it clear that he would not follow his political god-father, Atiku Abubakar to resign from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
He said that he would continue to regard Atiku as his father, like all the elders in his state, but that he had no reason to leave the APC which he laboured hard to establish with other Nigerians.
Bindow, who spokes to news men today, Tuesday shortly after a close door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said: “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.”
Governor Bindow stressed that the former Vice President is more than matured enough to decide whatever he wants to decide for himself, adding that not only him, “every elder in Adamawa state, as far as I am concerned, I regard them as my parents or elders. So, Atiku remains somebody I respect as a father, and the same with any other elder in the state.”
The governor considered himself “very fortunate and very rare opportunity” for him to be the first governor to formally endorse President Buhari for the 2019 Presidential election, saying: as far as we, the people of the Northeast 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.”
Bindow said that Atiku’s resignation would not affect the large support the APC has been enjoying in Adamawa state, stressing that the party is strong in the state.
“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.”[myad]