The Department of State Services (DSS) on Wednesday quizzed a former governor of Adamawa state, Senator Jibrilla Bindow, for convening a meeting where those in attendance wished President Muhammadu Buhari was dead.
KanyiDaily had reported how Bindow was in attendance at a party meeting in Adamawa where some aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) allegedly wished the deadly coronavirus had killed President Buhari.
In the leaked audio clip, the APC chieftains were heard making spiteful remarks against Buhari, whom they wished dead so that his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo, would take over the reins of power in Nigeria.
DSS Invites Bindow, 5 Others Over Leaked Audio
It was gathered that the DSS invited the key participants of the meeting for questioning on Wednesday over the leaked audiotape.
Sadiq Abdullateef, a media aide of the former governor, confirmed that Bindow honored the invitation by the DSS, but has since been released.
Five other suspects quizzed alongside Bindow for six hours are the former Speaker of Adamawa State House of Assembly, Kabiru Mijinyawa; acting APC chairman, Yola South, Alhaji Sulaiman Adamu; Abubakar Umar Sirimbai; a former commissioner, Mustapha Barkindo Aliyu Mustapha, and Alhaji Yusha’u Adamu.
Bindow Condemns Incendiary Comments Against Buhari
In a statement issued on Wednesday, Abdullateef said the former governor condemned those making incendiary comments against the president at the meeting.
He confirmed that there was an unwarranted outburst from some aggrieved members at the meeting but noted that the audiotape in circulation on the meeting was doctored by some mischief-makers.
“Former Adamawa State Governor, Senator Muhammad Umar Jibrilla Bindow was invited to a party meeting because some members of the party were aggrieved about the just concluded primaries, which he attended as an elder of the party.
“It’s worthy of note that there was no program in the said meeting. He went there and sat and listened to the aggrieved members’ complaints, and there was an unwarranted outburst from some members which he cautioned. It’s sad that some people are using that outburst with a recording to malign the former governor.
“The said recording was doctored and if you listened to it very well, there were some conversations that were skipped. Senator Bindow cautioned the members making those unwarranted utterances thrice in the meeting and even threatened to walk out.
“His words were, ‘please this is not right, you don’t wish anybody death because of political reasons, talk less of our leader and father, the president. Let’s make progress please, or I am leaving’.
“But because it’s a planned recording to malign and create problems where there is none, his utterances condemning what has been said wasn’t even in the circulated recording.
“As far as we are concerned, we were invited to a meeting and things were said in public and Senator Bindow cautioned the people making those utterances and that was all.
“President Muhammadu Buhari is like a father to Bindow and he will never entertain anything is such on the president,” the statement reads.
APC Suspends Adamawa Chairman Over Buhari Death Wish
Meanwhile, the council chairman of APC Yola South LGA, Sulaiman Adamu has been suspended over the leaked audio in which he wished for President Buhari’s death through COVID-19.
The decision to suspend the APC Chairman was made by the State Working Committee (SWC) which set up a disciplinary panel to investigate Adamu’s utterances and allegations of misconduct on his part.