Former Yobe state governor now the Senator representing Yobe Central in the Senate, Bukkar Abba Ibrahim, has reacted to newspaper reports where he was quoted to have declared that North-eastern states may vote against President Muhammadu Buhari, during the 2019 election.
The reports also quoted the Abba Ibrahim as saying that massive rigging may not save Buhari from imminent defeat.
But the APC senator, in a statement issued by his Media Aide, Yusuf Ali, and forwarded to DAILY POST on Monday, stated that he was quoted out of context, stressing that he never meant to disparage the party which, according to him, he worked so hard to build with other progressives elements.
The former governor restated his loyalty to the APC leadership and the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government, and promised his continued support to the re-election bid of the President come 2019.
The statement reads, “Senator Dr Bukar Abba Ibrahim has reacted to newspapers reports published and making the rounds in the social media sites that he is a loyal APC party member, a chieftain and an elder statesman. President Muhammadu Buhari is his president, he supported him as he will continue to support Buhari 2019 and even beyond.
“He mean no harm or disparage the party which he fought so hard to build with other progressives element in 2015 to save Nigeria from drift and the decadence of the PDP.
“Many have given it different interpretations as it suits them, some quoted him out of context for political reasons. What he said is a wake up call for his party to work harder towards the next general elections to win overwhelmingly.
“I want to make it categorically clear that Sen Bukar was misunderstood, he did not say and will never say, “Mass rigging will not save APC/Buhari, APC is worse than PDP, PMB should not expect Votes from N/East, 2019 Dicey for PMB in N/East, etc as it’s been circulated in the media.”