Yola - The Adamawa State governor, Senator Muhammad Umar Jubrilla Bindow has denied media reports linking him with his purported endorsement of Vice President Atiku Abubakar presidential ambition in 2019.
There were reports in the media on Sunday that the governor has endorsed Atiku for the 2019 presidency
The governor in a press statement on Monday, however, insisted that he never made such comment.
He described the report as false and malicious.
The governor's statement was signed by his Special Adviser, Press and Media Affairs to the governor, Martins Dickson.
The statement reads in part “The attention of Adamawa State governor, Senator Muhammad Umar Jubrilla Bindow have drawn to a story on Peoples Daily newspaper of Friday, 16 November 2016, titled, ‘2019 Presidency: It’s Either Atiku or Nobody, Says Gov Bindow’.
“Governor Bindow wish to categorically state that at no time in the flag-off ceremony of the Girei-Pariya-Wuro Bokki last Thursday did he made any statement about 2019 presidency.
“The governor only stated that Atiku is like a father to him and he has no political godfather as insinuated by some section of the media. He then thanked President Buhari for bringing peace to the Northeast and Nigeria as whole and called on the people of Adamawa to unite and make the state a better place.
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“The attribution of such statement to him by the newspaper is false, mischievous, fictitious and malicious. It’s is a surprise that such concocted story is published by a reputable newspaper like Peoples Daily.”
Governor Bindow who tasked journalists on quality reportage however said that he “will continue to work hard and stay focused in making good governance his number priority, such spurious stories will not distract his administration from the ultimate objective of fulfilling all of his campaign promises.”
- News 24