The organizing secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa State, Mustapha Atiku Ribadu has described the defection of former governor Muhammadu Umaru Jibrilla Bindow as a huge loss to the party.
In an interview with newsmen, in Yola, Wednesday, Mustapha said the development is a huge setback to the party considering the huge support base and the goodwill the ex-governor enjoys in the state.
He noted that although as a human being, the governor has made some mistakes and errors while as governor, his robust achievements especially in the area of infrastructural development must be acknowledged and commended.
“The defection of Bindow at the eleventh hour into the general election is shocking and a huge loss to us as a party. Despite Bindow’s shortcomings, we remember the good tidings he brought into the state through unprecedented developmental strides.
“We will continue to accord him the respect he deserved as the first governor of APC in the state who did his best to transform our dear state but lost the general election gallantly by scoring over 300,000 votes,” Ribadu said.
The organizing secretary noted that despite the huge loss, APC still remains the party to beat in Adamawa State as it is working tirelessly to ensure the victory of all its candidates from top to bottom.
“While wishing our former governor well in his future endeavors, I want to restate that we are putting strong mechanisms to absorb the shock of Bindow’s departure. We will continue to work round the clock to emerge victorious in all the elections in Adamawa from top to bottom.
“Adamawa State is the birthplace of APC and we cannot abandon our birthplace in the hands of strangers as we are working tirelessly to take back what rightfully belongs to us,” he said.