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Thursday, 31 December 2015

I never received N500m personal gift from Atiku Abubakar- Gov Bindow


Bindow while making clarification on the matter on Wednesday explained that the said money was donated by Atiku to facilitate the 2015 governorship and State Assembly elections campaign of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state.
He said, “Contrary to the allegation which has gone viral in the social media; I didn’t receive the sum of N500 million from the former vice president as a personal gift.

“The former vice president donated the money for the APC governorship and state assembly campaign activities and not to Mohammed Umaru Jibrilla Bindow.
“The former vice president demanded to know how much the APC governorship and state assembly campaign committee will need to ensure effective prosecution of the campaign.

“A bill of N300 million was forwarded to him, but he gave N500 million for the exercise as part of his contribution as a party loyalist.

“The money was released by the former vice president after the conclusion of the APC presidential primaries.


“It is expedient for me to put the record straight because the allegations have gone viral in some online media that I have received a personal gift of N500 million from Atiku Abubakar.

“This clarification is also necessary for posterity and clarity.

“The former vice president is an elder statesman in Adamawa and it is part of his social responsibility as a senior citizen, APC key stakeholder and political mentor to assist the party in its campaign activities.’’

Bindow further stressed that in the interest of fairness and objectivity, journalists should always double check their information before publishing.



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