From Umar Dankano, Yola
Governor Muhammadu Umaru Jibrilla of Adamawa State has tendered an unreserved apology to the stakeholders of All Progressives Congress, APC, for his shortcomings in steering the administrative affairs of the state in the last three years.
“Please forgive me if I have offended you in the course of my duties even though simplicity is not stupidity.”
Governor Jibrilla tendered the apologies Monday at a harmonized stakeholders meeting held in Yola stressing that the stakeholders and members of the ruling party need to work in unison for the party to wax stronger ahead of the General Elections come 2019.
Recall that last Saturday some senior stakeholders including those from former Governor Murtala Nyako bloc, former EFCC Boss, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu bloc, former Military Governor of Lagos and Borno States, Muhammad Marwa and former SGF David Lawan Bababachir held a different stakeholders’ meeting accusing Governor Jibrilla of hijacking the party’s state executives in anticipation of the forthcoming congresses.
Jibrilla swore that he has no any personal interest, talk less of backing any candidate contesting for any position in the state Executives of the party through upcoming party congresses in the state slated to commerce on Saturday.
“I have no candidate in this coming congress and if any body present any name or list on my behalf is on his own.
“I already directed the state party to ensure these congresses are conducted in a free and fair leveled ground for all interested candidates,” Jibrilla maintained.
Earlier in his address, National Vice Chairman in charge of North East, Comrade Mustapha Salihu expressed delight over the harmonized meeting, saying it was the beginning of good outing for the party in the state.
Comrade Salihu told the stakeholders that the congresses will be conducted on an option 4 platform where. Delegates will line up behind their preferred candidates.
However the former Secretary to the Federal Government, David Lawan Babachir has protested that the meeting was a sham as grey issues like Zoning of sensitive positions were not discussed and agreed upon unanimously.
Babachir made his protest known at a press conference he addressed after the stakeholders meeting lamenting that the Governor and cohorts are trying to swing the pendulum to their direction fraudulently which must be resisted in all ramifications.
He, therefore, advised the Governor and the party to address the issues before the congresses, so that fairness and justice can be given to all.