The Deputy Chairman, Senate Committee on Defence, Senator Bindo Umar Jibrilla has formally indicated his intention to contest the governorship election of Adamawa State, becoming the first All Progressives Congress (APC) aspirant in the state to approach the party.
Speaking while submitting his letter of intent to contest the forthcoming by-election, the senator said his defection to the APC from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was borne out of a desire to represent the interest of the people of his constituency.
He noted that it took a lot of sacrifice for him and other National Assembly lawmakers to dump the PDP in face of threats from the ruling party that they would lose their seats, saying he did not look back because of the conviction that he was working in the interest of Adamawa people.
“All along, I have been courageous and consistent in defending the interest of the people I represented at the Senate. Even my defection to the APC alongside former governor Murtala Nyako was in line with the aspiration of the electorate that is why I was able to resist threats of losing my seat , because I rather lose the seat and remain with the people of my constituency”, he said.
Speaking earlier, deputy chairman of APC in the state, Shuaibu Yamusa, assured the support of the party for all interested aspirants, saying there will be level playing ground and respect for democratic norms in the process of choosing the party’s flag bearer for the poll.
Secretary of the APC in the state, Abdullahi Bakari said so far, only Bindo has officially notified the party leadership of his decision to contest the Adamawa governorship seat, which became vacant following the impeachment of the former governor, Murtala Nyako.