By Iyamgbe Justina
Following the bruohaha that has greeted the alleged endorsement of a factional governorship candidate of the APC in Cross River state, Senator John Owan Enoh, by the Sarki Hausawa of Ogoja, Alhaji Yakubu Adamu, the young monarch has decribed the news as the handiwork of his detractors.
After pictures of the monarch’s visit to Senator Owan Enoh appeared on social media, news also broke yesterday that Alhaji Adamu paid a visit to the Ikom home of the Senator and not only endorsed his candidature but also pledged the support of the entire Muslim community in Cross River state to his governorship ambition.
Consequently, the association of Imams and Muslim scholars in the state released a statement in Calabar and denounced the alleged endorsement describing the Sarki’s visit to Senator Owan Enoh as “self serving”.
But in a brief statement which was made available to CrossRiverWatch, Alhaji Adamu, debunked news of the endorsement and insist that he remains a friend of Governor Ayade, and a supporter of the governor’s second term ambition.
The statement read in part: “My name is Sarki Alhaji Yakubu Adamu Asada, the Sarki Hausawa of Ogoja recognized by the government (of) Cross River state.
“I am an advocate of continuity for a governor from the North. I believe this government led by Senator Prof. Ben Ayade has done well and deserves a second term.
“It has been brought to my notice about a post on facebook by enemies of progress, perpetrators of evil, that I and my people, have endorsed Senator John Owan Enoh as Governor in the forth coming election, this is not true.
“I am a friend of our digital governor Prof. Ben Ayade , I am also a supporter of his second term bid.”
Alhaji Adamu told CrossRiverWatch that his visit to Senator Owan Enoh’s home was not to endorse his governorship ambition but must have been misconstrued as such by the Senator’s media handlers who were eager to grab photo-ups.
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