The governor of Adamawa State, Muhammad Jibrilla, has cleared the air on the recent statement credited to him suggesting that he has declared his support for the 2019 presidential bid of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.
Abba Jimeta, Chief of staff to Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, was quoted as making this remark while speaking at the flag-off of the construction of Girei-Wuro Bokki road by Governor Muhammad Jibrilla.
He said all elected and appointed officials in the state would work for Atiku as soon as he declared his intention to contest.
“The entire Adamawa state government is firmly behind the former Vice President. Whereever he (Atiku) goes, the state government is behind him.
“From the Governor to the Deputy governor, the Secretary to the state government, Commissioners, the special advisers and special assistants and all other political appointees and members of the State House of Assembly, we are behind Atiku Abubakar”, he had stated.
However, a statement by Martins d!ckson, the ?Special Assistant to the governor on Press and Media Affairs, said the governor did not make any statement concerning 2019 elections during the flag-off of Girei-Pariya-Wuro Bokki road on Thursday.
The statement pointed out that it was an unfair misrepresentation of Governor Jibrilla’s speech.
“The governor only stated that Atiku is like a father to him and he has no political godfather as insinuated by some sections of the media.
“He then thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for bringing peace to the North-East and Nigeria as whole and called on the people of Adamawa to unite and make the state a better place,” the statement read in part.