Adamawa Governor Jibrilla Bindow will not dump the ruling All Progressives Congress, despite resignation of former President Atiku Abubakar from the party.
But the Adamawa state governor said his relationship with Atiku regarded as his godfather will remain cordial.
“The governor was elected under the banner of APC and will continue to remain as APC governor,” Adamawa State Commissioner for Information, Ahmed Sajoh, PREMIUM TIMES quoted a spokesperson for the Governor as telling it on Saturday.
Reports in some national dailies had indicated that some state governors, serving ministers, lawmakers have concluded plans to also dump APC to follow the former Vice President who is believed to be heading to his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
But Kaduna State governor, Nasir el-Rufai has dismissed speculations that some governors will decamp from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC following resignation of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar from the party on Friday.
According to the TheNEWS magazine, the Governor told State House correspondents, on Friday, after observing the Juma’at prayer at the Villa Mosque with President Muhammadu Buhari, el-Rufai said: “I don’t know about the loyalists in the APC that will go with him but I want to assure you that there is no one governor in the APC that is going to go with former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
El-rufai also said Atiku cannot be a threat to Buhari’s re-election: “He has never been and will never be a threat to President Buhari. I have said this to the former vice president in 2014 in Dubai when we met because before joining the APC he sent for me. He told me of his intentions and I welcomed it because politics is a game of addition, not subtraction. So, the more you have the merrier,” the Governor who pointed out that the governor of Atiku’s home state of Adamawa, Jubrila Bindow, had already endorsed Buhari for 2019 said.
“I have heard about what the former vice president said about leaving the APC. We knew he was going to leave in December but he has left in November which is good because the earlier he leaves for where he belongs the better.
“He has changed political parties a few times, there is nothing surprising. Before the 2019 elections, if situation changes and he thinks he can get the ticket in 2019, he will come back. That is what he has done a few times,” the governor stated.