OrderPaperToday – A former two-time governor and senator representing Yobe East senatorial district, Bukar Abba-Ibrahim, has denied reports that he has stepped down his re-election ambition for the incumbent governor, Ibrahim Gaidam.
In a statement from his media team on Sunday, Sen. Bukar described the reports as “false, misinforming and the height of mischief making which has unceremoniously become the hallmark of the fake news industry.”
The statement reiterated that Senator Ibrahim remains in the race because the latter is “not aware of any stakeholders meeting endorsing anybody or adopting indirect primaries in the state let alone giving consent or credence to the purported and shambolic meeting.”
The statement also informed that the incumbent Senator Ibrahim is against any form of indirect primaries in Yobe State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) which runs against the directive of the national leadership of the party led by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
“The senator as a firm believer in democracy believes that indirect primaries in the political clime of Yobe State does not reflect the true position of party members in the state as critical stakeholders especially serving members of the National Assembly and many other governorship aspirants were deliberately excluded from the said meeting.
“Accordingly, Senator Bukar Abba was in Damaturu for two weeks for condolences and visitations and no invitation for the purported meeting was ever extended to him.”
The statement also noted that the pre-condition for the adoption of indirect primary as demanded by the national headquarters of the party is that all aspirants and critical stakeholders of the party must agree on that mode of primary; anything short of that is null and void.
“Whereas in Yobe State, critical stakeholders of APC were deliberately excluded from the meeting where the purported adoption of indirect primaries was taken.”