The national president of Mumuye Cultural Development Association Ntari Hassan Danladi has distanced the association from the purported endorsement of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate Darius Ishaku, and other PDP candidates by a group that claims to speak for the Mumuye people.
While addressing newsmen in Jalingo Thursday, chairman of the social cultural group which is the umbrella body for all the Mumuye across the country said that the leadership of the Association was highly distraught by the group for using the name of the ethnic group for their personal political gains.
He urged the public to disregard the position of the faceless group who have neither the mandate nor were mandated by the people to speak on their behalf.
Danladi insisted that the Mumuye sociocultural group is apolitical and would never endorse any particular political party but remains neutral while allowing her members to express their political interests as it pleases them.
“Our attention has been drawn to a Press conference held by a group that purportedly speaks for the mumuye people where the said group endorsed the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), candidates for the forthcoming general election in the state and country at large.
“Let me make it clear that the said group does not speak for the Mumuye people and does not have the mandate of the people to speak on their behalf. It is appalling that these set of desperate persons would stoop so low as to use the good name of the people for their selfish political gains. The Mumuye sociocultural group is apolitical and would never endorse any particular political party for obvious reasons. Rather, we support all progressives programs of the government and fight for the collective good of our people.
“As such, I urge the good people of Taraba state, the Mumuye nation and the country at large to disregard this very misleading information as it does not reflect in any way, the collective position of the Mumuye people.”
The group further called on the federal government to treat their illustrious son and former governor of Taraba state Jolly Nyame with mercy so that he will regain his freedom soon.
BusinessDay recalls that a group of persons that claimed to speak for the Mumuye people last week addressed a press briefing where they allegedly endorsed the candidates of the PDP both at the state and national levels for the forthcoming general election.