Governor Badaru Denies Nurturing Plan To Contest For President In 2019
Contrary to the ongoing rumour which indicates that the incumbent governor of Jigawa state, Muhammadu Badaru is eyeing the presidential seat, the governor has disclosed that he has no such intention.
The governor came out publicly to clear the air on the issue as he claimed that he has not told anyone that he wants to contest for the presidential seat and that anyone campaigning for him is doing it on his or her own volition.
The rumour was debunked in a statement issued by the governor. The statement was relayed by his media assistant, Malam Bello Zaki, on Saturday in Dutse, the capital of Jigawa.
The statement reads: “The attention of the Jigawa State Government has been drawn to a mischievous paid newspaper advertisement purported to have been made by a faceless and unknown organisation called `Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar for President Support Group’, which purportedly aimed its support to the recent comments by former President Obasanjo.”
“The State Government hereby calls on the general public to dismiss and ignore the false and malicious advertisement and the message and evil innuendo it intends to propagate”.
“Governor Badaru Abubakar does not have and does not endorse any organisation for the purpose of achieving or vying for any national office as he grapples with the challenges of governing his state and delivering on the mandate given to him by the Jigawa electorate.”
“We understand that there are persons within and outside the state that perceive the cordial and progressive relationship that exists between the Governor and the Presidency as inimical to their personal and political interests and aspirations, especially in the light of several national assignments that the Governor is successfully carrying out at the behest of the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces.”
“We are working with the newspaper that carried the obnoxious advertising with a view to identifying the miscreants behind its publication and will use all available legal avenues to ensure that they pay for this dastardly attempt at souring the relationship between the State and the National Government.”
The Governor appealed to media personnel to always verify an information properly before relaying it, in order not to mislead members of the public.