There was drama in the Adamawa State political scene after 10 governorship candidates in the state came out to deny that they endorsed the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Governor Jibrilla Bindow, in the forthcoming election. Five of the candidates who addressed journalists on Wednesday in Yola, debunked the endorsement, saying: “We were tricked into the gimmick of the so-called endorsement of the APC candidate.”
The governorship candidates accused Governor Bindow and the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, of twisting issues to in their quest to gain political value. “We were embarrassed to hear the Chairman announce that we have collapsed our political structures into the APC, to support Governor Bindow’s reelection bid,” the candidates said in a statement.
Simeon Frank Kwashihula, candidate of MPN, and spokesman of the candidates, said: “Oshiomhole lied to the gathering by the fraudulent announcement. We wish to state for the record that we attended the flag-off based on invitation, the same way we’ve attended flag-off of other contestants, who are members of the ‘New Generation Governorship Candidates’ Forum (NGGCF). Following the event, we approached Governor Bindow and asked him to retract. But he pleaded with us on condition of carrying out certain developmental projects. Therefore, this press conference has become necessary to deny the unauthorised statement made by APC National Chairman during the flag-off.”
The candidates are: Engr. Nazeer Sa’ad (ZLP), Dr. Suleiman Bawa (YPP), Engr. Suleiman Frank (MPN), Lami Musa (PPN), Elizabeth Baldeno Isa (CAP). Others are Isa Dalhatu (NCP), Hassan Dantsoho (Accord Party), Wealthy Bulama (PPA), Umaru Bello Jada (ANP) and Isaac Sa’ad Badan (JMPP). What are your thoughts about this development? Share them with us in the comments section below.