Nasarawa State governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, has denied a community newspaper report that he has endorsed a particular governorship aspirant.
Al-Makura, in statement signed by his spokesman, Yakubu Lamai, who is also the director general, Strategic Communication and Press Affairs, described the story as a lie.
The community paper in a piece captioned “Al-Makura Under Intense Pressure To Impose Engr. A.A. Sule”, alleged that plans have been perfected to force the aspirant on electorates in Nasarawa State.
But the governor, in statement titled “Why Al-Makura Is Silent In The Face Of Divisive Propaganda”, dismissed the claim, describing it as ridiculous.
“To begin with, even in the realm of conjecture, it makes no sense to allege that former President Goodluck Jonathan and Atiku Abubakar who belong to the PDP will “conspire” across party lines with Distinguished Senator Abdullahi Adamu of the APC to pursue a “religious or political agenda!”
“We find it mind boggling that any rational person will conceive a ludicrous and fictitious propaganda that “citizen” Umaru Tanko Al-Makura who defeated a sitting governor in 2011 and has “visibly” steered the affairs of Nasarawa State to the frontiers of economic advancement for seven whole years, can meekly fall flat and submit to being held hostage or pinned down, as if in a wrestling match and be “forced” to adopt a candidate against his choice among those who are contending to succeed him as Governor.
“Indeed it is worrying that as the 2019 election campaign picks up, we are beginning to see the concoction of tawdry and uncivil campaigns against the person and family of His Excellency, Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura.
“This ugly scenario reminds us of President Muhammadu Buhari who suffered the most stridently scurrilous attacks by his political detractors during the buildup to the 2015 elections, where the tired propaganda of falsehood that Buhari was a military dictator was thrown at him before it graduated into a more vicious and well coordinated campaign of calumny which was targeted at his late wife and his person including the claim that the President did not even have a school certificate.
“Umaru Tanko Al-Makura is a hardworking, self effacing and unquestionably humble politician, but it doesn’t mean His Excellency does not have a mind of his own. In fact it is simply because the Governor is a quintessential democrat in action, words and at heart that he has maintained a mature and discreet distance from the jostling for whoever wishes to succeed him.”