Adamawa governor ‘won’t follow Atiku’
Adamawa State Governor Jubrilla Bindow has no plan to quit the All Progressives Congress (APC), following former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s resignation from the ruling party.
Bindwo told State House correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja that he would remain in APC.
Atiku is expected to join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to seek the presidential ticket to contest in 2019.
Bindow said Atiku’s movement would not affect the state’s electoral fortune.
He also said Atiku is mature enough to take political decisions.
“Let me talk about Atiku first before myself. The former vice president is more than mature enough to decide whatever he wants to decide for himself.
“As far as I am concerned, I am one of the founding fathers of the 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 agreed, moved 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.”
Asked to speak on his personal relationship with Atiku, Bindow said:
“Not only Waziri, every elder in Adamawa State, as far as I am concerned, I regard them as my parents or elders. So, Waziri remains somebody I respect as a father, and the same with any other elder in the state.”
On his support for Buhari’s candidature, he said:
“Yes. I was fortunate enough, very rare opportunity to be the first governor to do that for our President. 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.”
Asked if he was saying that Atiku was on his own, the governor replied:
“I have told you, he is more than mature enough. He is an eminent personality, a former vice president and so will be able to decide what he wants to do.
On if Atiku’s movement would have a political implication in the state, he said:
“Well, APC is strong; we have 25 members in the State Assembly, 23. In fact, 24 now because one of them has 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.”
On his visit to the Villa, he said:
“I came to brief Mr. President on the security situation in Adamawa State with regards to what happened a couple of days ago.”