2015: ‘With My Deputy I Stand Or Fall’ – Gov Shettima

By Olayemisi Abdul in Maiduguri 

Governor state, Kashim Shettima, has denied having any strained relationship with his deputy governor, Alhaji  Zannah , whom a section the state are recently calling for his removal ahead 2015 elections.

Shettima had also cleared the air on the rumoured rift between himself and his political god-father, Senator Modu Sheriff, whom he described as a ‘saint’ worthy ‘eternal loyalty’.

‘I have spoken in several forums that I will always be totally loyal Governor Sheriff. I will jealously, jealously protect and promote the interest my boss regardless whatever anyone feels or thinks. Sheriff can be a devil you, but he is a saint me! There is a bond confidence between myself and Sheriff. Just as there is no rift whatsoever between myself and my dear deputy, who is my best friend and confidant’, Shettima said.

A delegation of politicians led by  Barrister Isa Modu Chulm from Southern Senatorial district where deputy governor Zannah hails, had paid Shettima an emergency at the Government House, Maiduguri where they dissociated themselves from publications calling for ‘dumping of the deputy whom they equally declared their unflinching support.

Governor Shettima said, he had initially opted to discountenance such publications, but later chose to respond when people began to insinuate himself being at daggers drawn with his god-father, Senator Sheriff.

‘I want people to know clearly that I and my deputy are enjoying very healthy relationship; he is still very loyal to me;  and I stand behind him 100 percent anytime and any day. If there is a provision in our constitution for a third term, Zannah will my deputy governor, and Senator Ali Sheriff remains our boss’, said Shettima.



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