Nasarawa state governor, Engr. Abdullahi Sule said contrary to reports in a section of the media he never had any secret deal with Christians and traditional rulers in the state.
Governor Sule in a statement on Sunday said the report published on the front page of Sunday Sun newspaper is unfair and capable of misleading its readers.
“Is pertinent to state categorically that the Nasarawa State Governor Engr. Abdullahi Sule did not at any time before or during the 2023 polls enter into any agreement or secret deal with individuals or groups as the unfortunate headline in question tries to insinuate,” it added.
According to the statement, the governor during an interactive session with some senior editors of newspapers in Abuja, only told them that, “in spite of the fact that religion was allowed to play a critical role during the 2023 general election, coupled with the intense competition among the various political parties, still certain prominent Christians, as well as supporters of the leading opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), voted for him essentially because of their belief and trust in his leadership qualities.”
The statement read in part: “The intended message inherent in His Excellency the governor’s remarks is that the people of Nasarawa State rose above religious sentiments to vote for him in the election.
“Achieving this feat by the governor required no deal, secret or open as the people of the state have seen, touched, and felt the impact of the administration of Engr. Sule in the last four years.
“The deal, if any, is that Governor Sule has delivered on his mandate and the people rewarded him with another term of four years as governor.
“As the conscience of society, news outlets must resist the temptation to couch sensational headlines that are misleading and unhelpful in our society’s collective quests for an enduring democracy in a united and prosperous society.”