The governorship candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in Adamawa State, Engr Umar Mustapha has dropped his ambition in favour of his counterpart in the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Aishatu Binani.
In a press briefing in Yola on Sunday, Mustapha said following challenges he had been contending with in the course of seeking to be governor, he has decided to put the ambition on hold and to fully support the governorship ambition of Binani.
He said: “I am confident that Binani will provide a people-centered leadership that will prioritize human capital and resource development that will prosper Adamawa State.
“That is why I am calling on all my supporters to come out on Saturday, March 11, and vote for Distinguished Senator Aishatu Ahmed Binani as Governor of Adamawa State.”
He added that he was putting all the structures of his Otumba Campaign Organisation at Binani’s disposal.
Mustapha pronounced the endorsement for Binani on his own account.
He had long not been working with his LP and has recently been accusing the state leadership of the party of working with the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the success of Governor Ahmadu Fintiri in the scheduled March 11 election.
Mustapha had just before the concluded presidential election made an open endorsement of the APC candidate, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, now president-elect, confessing that he was not having the sort of relationship with Labour Party’s Peter Obi to promote his candidacy.
He did not clarify if he has dumped the LP.
Senator Aishatu Binani who was present at the press briefing said it was a welcome development and that it would boost her chances at the gubernatorial.