DSS has invited a former Governor for holding meeting against Buhari.
ENigeria Newspaper reports that the Department of State Security Services (DSS) yesterday quizzed Jibrilla Bindow, a former Adamawa State Governor, for convening a meeting against Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari.
It was learned that apart from the former governor, the DSS also grilled five others namely: former Speaker of Adamawa House of AssemAdministrator bly Kabiru Mijinyawa; the acting APC Chairman, Yola South, Alhaji Sulaiman Adamu; former Sole of Yola West Development Area Abubakar Umar Sirimbai; a former Commissioner Mustapha Barkindo Aliyu Mustapha; and a former adviser in the Bindow administration, Alhaji Yusha’u Adamu.
ENigeria Newspaper learned that the former governor who revealed that he was invited and interrogated by the DSS, however, noted that he “cautioned members making those unwarranted utterances thrice” at the meeting.
It was gathered that the invitation generated political tension in Adamawa following the leakage of an audio tape of the meeting.
The former governor was grilled at about 2.50pm yesterday on alleged plot against the President on account of an audiotape in circulation.
It was learnt that Bindow convened a meeting on the way forward for the APC in Yola South in Adamawa Central Senatorial District as part of his preparations for another governorship bid in 2023 last week but the meeting had hardly started when some of those invited started pouring invectives on President Buhari.”
ENigeria Newspaper understands that the outbursts against President Buhari became intense and one of them at the session secretly recorded the discussion. The audiotape was leaked.
A security source told The Nation newspaper that: “There was intelligence report on alleged conspiracy against the President at a meeting in Yola and the DSS decided to invite the former governor ,who convened the meeting, along with some of those present.
“The audiotape of the session was made available to those invited and they explained the roles they played.
“A death wish against the President of a country cannot be taken for granted. Those behind it could escalate their motive beyond merely mouthing it.”
On the other hand, the former governor said he was not part of any plot against the President because he is like a father to him.
Bindow admitted that although there were outbursts against the President at the meeting, he cautioned them. He said he even threatened to leave the meeting when he could not bear the outbursts.
The former governor said the audiotape in circulation on the meeting was doctored by some mischief-makers.
In a statement by his Special adviser on Media, Sadiq Abdullateef shortly after the session with the DSS, Bindow said: “Former Adamawa State Governor, Senator Muhammad Umar Jibrilla Bindow was invited to a party meeting because some members of the party were aggrieved about the just-concluded primaries, which he attended as an elder of the party.
“It’s worthy of note that, there was no programme in the said meeting, he went there and sat and listened to the aggrieved members’ complaints, and there was an unwarranted outburst from some members which he cautioned. It’s sad that some people are using that outburst with a recording to malign the former governor.
“The said recording was doctored and if you listened to it very well, there are some conversations that were skipped, Senator Bindow cautioned the members making those unwarranted utterances thrice in the meeting and even threatened to walk out.
His words were, “please, this is not right, you don’t wish anybody death because of political reasons, talk less of our leader and father, the president. Let’s make progress please, or I am leaving”.
“But, because it’s a planned recording to malign and create problems where there is none, his utterances condemning what has been said weren’t even in the circulated recording.
“As far as we are concerned, we were invited to a meeting and things were said in public and Senator Bindow cautioned the people making those utterances and that was it.
“President Muhammadu Buhari is like a father to Bindow and he will never entertain anything is such on the president.”