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Jibrin speaks on exit as DG Tinubu Support Group

Jibrin speaks on exit as DG Tinubu Support Group

Former member of House of Representatives, Abdulmumin Jibrin and ex- Director-General of the Tinubu Support Group has said his exit from the All Progressives Congress, APC will not affect the presidential campaign of the former Lagos governor.

Jibrin said this in a long statement he issued explaining why he dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) on Saturday.

The Kano lawmaker who first announced that he is dumping APC last week blamed a certain ‘big man’ who is determined to ruin his political career for his exit from the party

However, some sources said the ‘big man’ may be Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State whom the former lawmaker have been having running battle with in the Kano chapter of APC.

But Jibrin was categorical that his exit from APC has nothing to do with Tinubu though he acknowledged that his exit from the party will mean he is no longer involved in his campaign.

He also said his exit will not in any way affect the campaign of Tinubu for the 2023 presidency which he said ‘can excel without him’

“I want to appeal to the public to avoid overestimating my relevance to the team and stop the rumour and creating all sort of theories around this matter. I have my value but it will not take away anything from the menu I saw on the BAT campaign table.

“For the avoidance of doubt, let me clarify that I have no problem whatsoever with Asiwaju. We have never for once had issues. My problems were local and all politics are local.

Jibrin statement partly reads, “However, my exit from the APC means I’ve ceased to be involved in the presidential campaign of Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu. The fact is, no individual can be a significant minus in Asiwaju’s campaign. The campaign is armor-built and designed to excel even without me. Based on the passion and dedication of the team invested in his aspiration, not even Asiwaju can stop his campaign let alone an Abdulmumin Jibrin.

“I want to appeal to the public to avoid overestimating my relevance to the team and stop the rumour and creating all sort of theories around this matter. I have my value but it will not take away anything from the menu I saw on the BAT campaign table.
For the avoidance of doubt, let me clarify that I have no problem whatsoever with Asiwaju. We have never for once had issues. My problems were local and all politics are local.

“Asiwaju took a sincere interest in me and gave me the free hands to participate in his project, and my exit from the party doesn’t erase my respect for him and belief in his capacity and vision to redeem the fortunes of Nigeria.

“But there has to be a Jibrin first before a Jibrin works for anyone. I have to take the needed measure to ensure that I survive an onslaught by a vengeful man who abuses the privileges of his distinguished office to frustrate my career and the career of many others.

“Obsessed with my political prospects even away from home, he came for my role in Asiwaju’s campaign and pressed hard to replace me. Asiwaju did his best to intervene to prevent my exit from the party. Not because it would affect his campaign in any way but for the genuine likeness he has for me.

“Unfortunately, wherever this man after my career function, I feel a sense of obligation to flee for my political safety. It’s one toxicity I’m no longer prepared to endure, and I do want to use this opportunity to apologize to the entire BAT family across the country for whatever embarrassment or inconvenience my sudden exit from the APC must’ve caused. I have already met Asiwaju to tender my apology, and he will continue to be a father to me and his house, my home.”

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