Borno state Deputy Governor, Zannah Umar Mustapha has reaffirmed his loyalty to Governor Kashim Shettima, declaring that he will rise or fall with his boss and will never contemplate going against him for whatever reason.
The Deputy Governor stated this while speaking with journalists in Abuja. Mustapha said he has since made a decision that Shettima will be the last person he will deputies for, because according to him, he doesn’t see himself contesting as running mate or working under any other person order than his current boss.
“I have worked with Governor Kashim Shettima in the last three years and I can tell you that he is the best boss any deputy Governor can have in Nigeria. He is so humble, kind, he is good listener and very consultative. He respects me and protects my integrity as his deputy, what more can I ask for from a Governor?”, he queried.
“I will rise or fall with him; I will stand by him through every step of the way, no matter what. Insha Allah he will be the last Governor I will serve as deputy, because I don’t see myself being a running mateto any serving or past commissioner or anyone at all, wherever he stays I stay, wherever he goes I go, this is my kind or person.
“I am an APC man and a committed one for that matter. My Governor is an APC man and I will support him; together with leaders of the party at the national and state levels, insha Allah, we will move the party to a grand victory at all levels of the 2015 elections in Borno and rest of Nigeria” Mustapha said.
Speaking on the APC congresses at the state and national levels, the Deputy Governor said, “It is God that gives power to anyone and it is also He that takes it or deny it to anyone. Politics is give-and-take and it is a game of strategising and re-strategising.
“Sometimes, we don’t get what we want and sometimes we get it either as individuals or as groups, the important thing is for us to move forward, those who win at every point in time should accommodate those who lost, everyone should be carried along so that we remain a family. We are always better together than being divided; we can always harmonies our interests no matter how different.
“We must at all times put our country and our party first, so that we commit ourselves to the values we stand for and move this country and our states forward.
“In Borno state for instance, we had a very successful congress but as we know only God is perfect. As humans, we are bound to make errors and at the same time, make adjustments where there is need. It is the same with everything in this life. What is important, like I have said, is for us to forge ahead as a family by putting our past behind us”, he said.