The Adamawa State Governor, Muhammad Bindow, on Monday gave insight into why he dumped the former governor of the state, Murtala Nyako, and shifted his loyalty to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
Mr. Bidow, who reportedly rode on the political structure of Mr. Nyako to win the April governorship election, said he decided to pitch tent with Atiku because of a lofty cash gift the former vice president gave him during the campaign.
The governor made the disclosure when he hosted indigenes of Jimeta at the Government House, saying Atiku gave him N500million for his campaign.
“I shifted loyalty to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar because of the N500 million he gave to support my governorship campaign.
“During the campaign, Nyako and his son Abdulazziz were in London. I have no regret over my decision,” he said.
Mr. Bindow accused some “powerful politicians” in the state of attempting to smear his image for his refusal to do their bidding.
“Apart from the money from the headquarters, nobody gave me ten naira during the campaign.
“When the former VP asked me if we had any financial problem, I called the then party state secretary, Abdullahi Bakari, to write and put our campaign demand at N300 million to Mr. Atiku Abubakar.
“It was after the submission that Atiku sent me half a billion naira through Jauro,” the governor stated.
Also confirming the governor’s claim, the Chief of Staff to the governor, Abdulrham Abba, who was part of the delegation, said, “when you have two enemies, you join one to fight the other. So what the governor did was right”.
“We are working with Atiku because we believe in him and his political ideology,” he said.
It is unclear whether the governor disclosed the huge donation made by Mr. Atiku to the Independent National Electoral Commission as required by law.
The Electoral Act prohibits individuals from making election contributions beyond N 1million.