Nasarawa State Deputy Governor, Silas Agara, has refuted the widespread rumor going round that the state governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura has endorsed him as his successor come 2019.
The position of the state governor, Agara was contained in a statement issued by the media aide to the Deputy Governor, Godspower Ede.
Ali Agara dismissed the reported endorsement in Leadership Newspaper as “speculative journalism.’’
“The attention of the deputy governor has been drawn to a publication in a newspaper captioned: “2019: Al Makura gives nod to deputy.
“He would have ignored the publication for what it is – speculative journalism– but for the damage the story is capable of doing to the excellent relationship existing between him and his hardworking principal.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Al Makura has never given such nod or endorsement to his deputy to succeed him and any such insinuation should be dismissed as a figment of the writer’s imagination,” he said.
“The governor as the father of the entire All Progressives Congress appreciates the aspirations of some members to succeed him and treats them equally without giving any slightest hint of having a favourite.
“Knowing the antecedents of Al Makura as a champion of the promotion of rule of law and due process, the deputy governor is at a loss over the intentions of the writer,’’ he added.