Borno State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Zannah Umar Mustapha on Saturday denied having any problem with Governor Kashim Shettima over the leadership of the All Progressive Congress, APC, in the state.
Mustapha made the denial, which he said was making the rounds, when he paid a courtesy visit to the Emir of Biu, Alhaji Mustapha Aliyu, in his palace on Saturday, shortly before he collected his membership card of the APC at Zarawuyaku ward in Biu town.
He said it was not true that he had teamed up with former Borno Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff, to take over the control of APC in the state.
The deputy governor said the rumoured disagreement with his boss was the handiwork of mischief makers.
He said, “In my opinion, Gov. Kashim Shettima remains the leader of the APC in Borno.
“I want to say without fear of contradiction that Gov. Shettima is the only APC leader in Borno. We are 100 per cent behind him.
“All those rumours about disagreements over the state leadership of the party are false.
“I wish to call on those spreading such rumours about division in the party to stop it”.
The Deputy Governor said despite the seeming challenges, they have delivered their campaign promises to the electorate in the areas of building houses, roads, health centers, job creation and tireless efforts in restoring peace.
He added that the APC remained the credible alternative party in Nigeria and implored the people to obtain their membership card in order to be fully recognized as members of the party.
Mustapha described the ongoing registration as successful.
“Your royal Highness, we are witnessing impressive turnout of people across the 27 local government areas for registration; in fact, the cards have finished in some places but the exercise will continue and everybody will get their card”, he said.
Responding, the emir, who thanked the deputy governor for the visit, wished him success in his endeavors even as he called on politicians to shun violence, stressing that the essence of politics was to provide services to the electorates.