The governor of Nasarawa State, Umar Tanko Al-Makura on Friday said he is not missing from the state as insinuated.
He also said there was no rift with his deputy, Silas Agara, and Senator Abdullahi Adamu.
Al-Makura, who made the clarification in a statement through his Special Assistant (Media & Publicity), Ahmed Tukur, said the masterminds of such mischief would fail in their plans to cause disaffection among political leaders in the state.
The statement reads: “The attention of Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa has been drawn to a recent publication by a national daily alleging “Uncertainty in Nasarawa over whereabouts of Gov Tanko Al-Makura”.
“The publication is not only mischievous, but the figment of the imagination of the prophets of doom who are out to create confusion using devilish assumptions to achieve selfish goals. Such publication needed clarification but for reasons best known to the writer, who neither contacted the deputy governor, Silas Agara, nor got across to any government official for clarification as claimed.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura is not missing but has been conducting the affairs of the state as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
Al-Makura, who denied any rift with his deputy, Silas Agara, asked the people of the state to ignore the rumour. “There is also no iota of truth in the said publication that the governor travelled without officially handing over to his deputy, Silas Agara, because of a disagreement between the two leaders.
The statement added: “The governor and his deputy are having a very cordial working relationship that the people of the state can attest to as well as Senator Abdullahi Adamu and other stakeholders in the state who are happy with the developmental strides of the governor.
“The allegation by masterminds of the report of an imaginary face-off between the governor, his deputy and Senator Abdullahi Adamu only demonstrates their envy of the cordiality and good working relationship between the political leaders in the state and they are working very hard to create disaffection and divert their attention from their effort to bring the much needed dividends of democracy to the people of the state.
“We are calling on the good people of Nasarawa State to ignore and henceforth disregard any such publication aimed at creating mistrust and disharmony in our dear state.”