Bindow turns to widows for prayers, awaits S’Court judgment
Uncertain of the outcome of the case before the Supreme Court, Adamawa state governor, Muhammed Umaru Bindow has resorted to spiritual intervention to save his job at the Government House, Yola.
Already, he has approached widows in the state to intercede on his behalf in the case that the apex court is expected to deliver judgment next month on the legality of the conduct of the 2015 governorship election in the state.
Besides, a political association called Team Bindow has also embarked on ‘spiritual measures’ to ensure that the verdict from the final arbiter in the country favours the governor.
Former governor of the state, Murtala Nyako and other members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) approached the court, requesting the conduct of a fresh governorship election.
Their argument was that the tenure of the previous government has not elapsed when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) conducted the election that brought in Bindow.
They claimed that the governorship election in the state was conducted when the tenure of Mr. James Bala Ngillari, was yet to expire.
Worried and unsure of the outcome, the governor appealed to widows in the state to pray for his victory at the court, as there was nothing the Almighty God cannot do. He maintained that there is efficacy in prayers.
Addressing a gathering of widows at the Government House, Bindow who was accompanied by his wife, Mariam, said: “Your prayers are very important for me to survive traps set for me by my enemies and enemies of democracy and our state.”
The governor stated that widows and women are not only cardinal to development and growth of the state but also are the engine room of transformation.
“We are prepared to defend the interest of the Adamawa people against any power block,” he stated pointing out that his victory was made possible by the people of Adamawa, especially the masses.
Also, Team Bindow as well as other supporters of the governor whom do not want to leave anything to chance, have resorted to ‘spiritual measures’ to ensure the governor remained employed.
The coordinator of Team Bindow, Alhaji Abdullahi Bakari, who is also the Principal Private Secretary to the governor, said the group is out to protect and project Bindow’s good works.
According to him, “Governor Bindow has respect for the judiciary and deliberately and actively promotes peaceful coexistence and harmonious working relationship in the state.
“With the achievements he has made, the governor has proven beyond all reasonable doubt that he seeks only what is good for Adamawa.”
While claiming that Bindow is one of the best governors in the country, Bakari said, “We have seen that our Bindow is the best so far for Adamawa, therefore our group is all out to project and protect his good works and encourage him to continue to keep his promises to the people,”
Former Deputy Senate Leader, Jonathan Silas Zwingna, who was the chairman of the event, hinted that Team Bindow would be established in all the units, wards and local government levels of the state.
He maintained that the group is not a campaign organisation, even though it was only All Progressive Congress (APC) members loyal to Bindow that attended the occasion.
In her remarks, the Adamawa State House of Assembly Committee chairman on Women Affairs, Mrs. Sodom Tayedi Daniel, lamented the stigmatization of widows by their families and communities.
According to her, “Many suffer discrimination based on age and social status.