Ahead of the scheduled governorship election in Adamawa state on October 11, 2014, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has warned the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to save the state and the rest of the country from the divisive tactics to gain power.
In a statement issued by his media office in Abuja, Atiku called on the PDP leaders to avoid the dangerous political tactics of playing up sentiments to polarize the people for political advantages.
Atiku, who is also the Turaki Adamawa said that divisive politics would not take Nigeria anywhere.
“Unlike many of its neighbours, our state (Adamawa) has enjoyed relative peace and stability and we don’t want them to bring divisions among our people who had lived peacefully with one another.”
He made allusion to PDP often reference to All Progressives Congress (APC) as a Muslim party, saying that APC is for all Nigerians and not for Muslims or Christians.
Atiku asked Nigerians to focus on how good governance can change their lives for the better instead of paying attention to the religion and ethnicity of elected public office holders.
He made it clear that good performance has nothing to do with one’s religion or ethnicity.
This is even as the Adamawa born former number two-man welcomed the modified direct primaries introduced by APC for the conduct of the forthcoming Adamawa State gubernatorial by-election as well as other primaries, including the presidential primaries coming up at a later period.
According to him, the modified direct primary is the best under the circumstances and nearest to the best under ideal democratic setting.
Atiku Abubakar appealed to APC leaders to make Adamawa State a model for the conduct of free, fair and credible electoral process in the country.
He promised to lead the party leaders in the state to create a level-playing ground for all aspirants with such transparency that the election would set a standard for genuine democratic principles of fair play for all states to copy.
He assured that he would not interfere with the choice of a candidate the people of Adamawa will be making. [myad]