By; HABU MAISHANU, Dutse
Jigawa State Government has disassociated itself from a purported newspaper advertisement by an unknown organization, suggesting Governor Mohammed Badaru’s interest in vying for presidency.
The advertorial which was carried by one of the national dailies shows Governor Badaru Abubakar hugging former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State.
The advertorial also portrays that, Governor Badaru was in support of the recent letter written by former President Obasanjo challenging president Buhari.
In a statement written and signed by the Special Adviser on Media to Governor Badaru, Mal. Bello Zaki a copy made available to AUTHENTIC News Daily in the state, reads: The attention of Jigawa State government has been drawn to mischievous paid newspaper advertisement purported to have been made by a faceless and unknown organization called “Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar for President Support Group”, which purportedly showed its support to the recent comments by former President Obasanjo.
The statement called on the general public to ignore the false and malicious advertisement and evil innuendo it intends to propagate”
“Governor Badaru Abubakar does not have and does not endorse any organization for the purpose of achieving or vying for any national position,as he grapples with the challenges of governing his state and delivering on the mandate given to him by the Jigawa electorate”
“We understand that there are persons within and outside the state that perceive the cordial and progressive relationship that exists between the Governor and the Presidency as inimical to their personal and political interests and aspirations, especially in the light of several national assignments that the Governor is successfully carrying out at the behest of The President and Commander in Chief.”
It added, “We are working with the newspaper that carried the obnoxious advertising with a view to identifying the miscreants behind its publication and will use all available legal avenues to ensure that they pay for this dastardly attempt at souring the relationship between the sate and Federal Government.
Meanwhile, the general public is advised to ignore this and any future attempt to disrespect the office of The Governor using cheap and unimaginative media distortion.
The Government also called on media houses to place professionalism above commercial considerations and utilize industry best practice and guidelines in determining the identity of persons and entities before carrying political and potentially controversial content.