The Governor of Adamawa state,

According to Leadership, the Governor described the reports as false, adding that his focus is on developing Adamawa state.

Bindow also said the false reports will not distract him from his goal of delivering his campaign promises to the people.

He said “The attention of Adamawa State governor, Senator Muhammad Umar Jubrilla Bindow have drawn to a story on Peoples Daily newspaper of Friday, 16 November 2016, titled, ‘2019 Presidency: It’s Either Atiku Or Nobody, Says Gov Bindow’.

“Governor Bindow wish to categorically state that at no time in the flag-off ceremony of the Girei-Pariya-Wuro Bokki last Thursday did he made any statement about 2019 presidency.

“The governor only stated that Atiku is like a father to him and he has no political godfather as insinuated by some section of the media. He then thanked President Buhari for bringing peace to the Northeast and Nigeria as whole and called on the people  of Adamawa to unite and make the state a better place.

“The attribution of such statement to him by the newspaper is false, mischievous, fictitious and malicious. It’s is a surprise that such concocted story is published by a reputable newspaper like Peoples Daily.”

Atiku Abubakar, on Thursday, November 10, 2016, described Gov. Jibrilla Bindow as the “best performing governor’’ the state has ever produced.

The former Vice president pledged that he would continue to support Bindow’s administration to achieve its vision of transforming the state.

According to Daily Trust, the state's Chief of staff, Abdulrahman Abba Jimeta, on Thursday, November 10, 2016, revealed that Bindow declared his support for the presidential ambition of Atiku.

Jimeta also said all elected and appointed officials in the state would work for the former VP as soon as he declares his intention to contest.