2011: 'I'LL DIE, SINK WITH NAMADI SAMBO'
As the campaigns for the 2011 general elections in Kaduna State gather momentum, the Special Adviser to Governor Namadi Sambo on Media and Public Affairs, Umar Sani has said that he was ready to die and sink with his boss to ensure that he wins a second term in office.
Speaking to journalists at the NUJ secretariat, Kaduna, at the weekend, Sani debunked the rumour making the rounds in the state that he was ready to dump his boss to have a shot at the House of Representatives election in 2011.
On the contrary, he said he was committed to ensuring that the governor delivers on his election promises to the people of Kaduna State. He added that nobody at present was thinking too much about the forthcoming polls since the mandate given to the governor by the people has not yet elapsed.
Sani who spoke on a wide range of issues bordering on the performance of government in the last three years and how government has been able to implement its projects in line with the administration's 11- point agenda, pointed out that the array of achievements by government were there for the people to see.
He also debunked the allegation that he had set up a committee for the actualization of his House of Representatives ambition in 2011. He said that as an experienced politician, he was much preoccupied putting political machinery in place for Sambo's re election bid.
'There is nobody who wants to remain stagnant, however, you cannot also want to wish yourself away because you are serving somebody diligently. If he says he needs you around, you cannot say no and abandon him. So, as far as I am concerned I am still with the governor till thy kingdom come,' Umar said.
The aide also insisted that there was no political rivalry between the incumbent Governor Namadi Sambo and Senator Ahmed Makarfi his predecessor. According to him, the press believed that there was a problem between them based on speculations making- the-round then.
According to him, there was no basis to act on rumors and concluded that there was a problem. He added: 'I have not noticed anything from my boss; I cannot go to press and tell them that there is a problem, so to me there is no problem.'