From Mathew Onah, Yola:
The Director General of Governor Bindow Campaign Organization , Alhaji Abdulrahaman Abba Jimeta, has assured supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the state, that the chances of Governor Mohammed Umaru Jibrilla, Bindowo, winning a second tenure in 2019 were as certain as daybreak. Abba Jimeta, who was addressing a cross section of the party supporters in Yola, said there are no doubts that Gov. Bindowo would win the 2019 governorship elections ” neatly and sqaurely” going by his record of performance in the last two years.
“I can assure you that there is no vacancy at Dougerie Lodge in 2019, as Governor Bindowo would still be there to complete his good stewardship for the people of Adamawa state’’, Jimeta stressed.
He stated that in the last two years, the Governor had worked tirelessly to mobilise every segment of the Adamawa society in his transformation agenda, adding that for the first time in the political history of the state, no segment or section feels marginalized in the scheme of things.Jimeta, stated, in spite of the tremendous achievements of the Governor in the infrastructural transformation of Adamawa state especially on roads construction, educational and healthcare facilities, Governor Bindow has cut across every strata of the Adamawa society, to deliver the dividends of democracy.
He said that today, “no section of Adamawa state can fault the Administration for not impacting positively on it; we know that in the past, elections were fought on primordial interest lines of religious and tribal considerations, but in 2015, the Bindow campaign broke the jinx.” While his opponents were harping on such divisive issues, we campaigned on developmental issues, of improving our infrastructure, and empowering our people.”
He told the crowd that apart from being one of three states in the country not owning salaries arrears to its workers, Governor Bindowo has engaged in massive reconstruction of the infrastructures in the state, inspite of the meager resources at its disposal.
He said: “There are no new candidates in the race, so far. I don’t want to mention names, but those who have declared interest so far, now, like, Nuhu Ribadu, Marcus Gundiri, Abdulaziz Nyako, Ahmed Moddibbo, Gen. Buba Marwa, are all old candidates whom we defeated in 2015, when we had no record of performance to float before our constituencies. Now with our performances and experiences in governance, if we put our acts together, I honestly do not see any of these candidates unseating us. Remember we underwent two primary elections defeating big serious interest groupings in the state without compromising our integrity, in 2015.”
He added: These candidates even represent negative influences in our body politics; they are always preaching religious, tribal or sectional political issues. Some of them were campaigning in churches and
mosques, or emphasising tribal affiliations. We have overcome such now. There are no new miracles. They are failed politicians, they have not been able to keep in touch with the yearnings and aspiration of the people.”
He added: “Most of them are not even based in Adamawa, they only come home when it is time of elections. They are not in touch with the people. They are Abuja Lagos, Dubai – based politicians, who don’t know our feelings, or our pains. They don’t attend our burials, and marriages, and yet during elections they come to seek power.”
Abba Jimeta, who is also the Chief of Staff, Government House Administration, told the crowd, the state was set to witness more infrastructural development in the last stanza of the Governor’s tenure.
“As I am talking to you, five construction companies are being mobilised across the state, in Ganye, Numan, Fulfore, Mubi, Shelleng and Yola. In 2019 our performances would speak for us.
“Politics is like football, a good coach does not change a winning team in the middle of the game. But we are going to remain focused on our goals; we would not allow anybody to distract our attention with unnecessarily issues.