The Senior Special Assistant, Press, to Gombe state Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, Talban Gombe, Junaidu Usman Abubakar has refuted a circulated story by a National Daily alleging that he had reacted to Former President Obasanjo’s disparaging comment on PDP Presidential aspirant, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
The refutal came after the medium has alledged that, Junaidu said, “What Obasanjo said is only a pointer to the PDP, to look for a credible candidate that will be acceptable to Nigerians.
“The issue is not about the name of a candidate but what he has done; and if PDP is very serious, this (Obasanjo’s comment on Atiku) is the only chance it has to prove to the people that it is out to give them the best”.
According to Junaidu, he never said that and he wasn’t reacting to the Obasanjo’s comment on former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar when the reporter called him, rather they spoke about a false story of Dankwambo stepping down for Turakin Adamawa.
“The reporter called me to ask if it’s true that my principal, Governor Dankwambo is stepping down for Atiku and I told him that’s not true. That claim is baseless and unfounded”.
“The only thing I did was highlight some of the achievements of my principal to the reporter and suggested him as the best candidate for the party, which is my duty as his media aideto do so but I never said anything about Obasanjo’s comment”.
“I only said to him, Dankwambo is the best candidate so far, as he parades an unblemished track record right from his days in the civil service where he rose to become the Accountant-General of the Federation, and now the governor of Gombe State”.
“As accountant-general, Dankwambo built an imposing treasury house in Abuja, introduced e-payment , and even enhanced human development by being instrumental to the elevation of nine directors to the level of permanent secretary,” Junaidu explained.
He further stressed that, Governor Dankwambo has tremendous respect for both Obasanjo and Atiku and will therefore never join issues with the two elder statesmen.
“It is in our culture and religion to always respect elders and leaders and my principal has delineated that virtue very well in his politics and administration”.
“Dankwambo holds this two great men in high esteem and will never make such comments on any of them. They are like fathers to him, which I am very well aware of”, he concluded.