The Dankwambo Presidential Support Group has called on Adamawa State Governor, Senator Muhammad Jibrilla Bindow to intervene on the billboard removal threat by the Adamawa State Urban Development Board.
The appeal was made in a statement signed by the Coordinator of the Dankwambo Presidential Campaign Group in Adamawa State, Charles Garkuwa on Thursday.
According to the statement, after paying millions of naira to the Board and having completed all the necessary paperwork for the erection of a presidential campaign billboard of Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, Talban Gombe in preparation for the PDP Mega Rally on 21, July, it would be unfair if the State Urban Development Board goes ahead with the threat.
The Adamawa Development Board in an attempt to spite the opposition’s campaign given that Adamawa is an APC state, gave the Dankwambo Campaign Group a 24-hours ultimatum to remove the billboard or have it defaced.
“This is a show of disrespect by the Board, we wish to call on the State Governor, Senator Bindow to look into the matter and caution these overzealous Board workers as we are sure he is not aware of this impunity perpetrated by the Board”, Garkuwa stated.
“Governor Bindow is a true democrat and a man who respects the rule of law. He has carved a niche for himself as a peace-loving governor – who respects his peoples’ freedom of association and interaction. We are sure he will listen to this calls and will do something about this issue immediately.”
“Adamawa and Gombe have a long history of political acquaintance. If you go to Gombe State today, campaign pictures and posters of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar and that of Governor Bindow himself litter the streets everywhere in the city, which clearly shows Governor Dankwambo’s deep sense of tolerance and understanding.”
“This singular act of injustice shouldn’t be allowed to jeopardize the good working relationship between Governor Dankwambo and Governor Bindow. The two state executives are friends, and by virtue of experience and longer tenure, Dankwambo is more like an elder brother to Governor Bindow”, it added.
The statement further stressed that the decision by the Adamawa Development Board to convert the billboard location to a tricycle station in such a rush clearly depicts malice and mischief. “It is only considerate for the Board to withdraw this threat and allow our billboard to stand peacefully”, it concluded.