APC’ll win Adamawa governorship poll
•‘Al-Makura’s clearance vindicates APC’
Despite the recent impeachment of former Adamawa State Governor Murtala Nyako, a former vice-president and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar, has said the party will win the forthcoming governorship election.
He also said APC would ensure an open and fair contest among its members vying for the party’s ticket.
Atiku addressed reporters yesterday on arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.
A statement by Media Unit of the Atiku Campaign Organisation quoted the former vice-president as saying: “APC is the party to beat in Adamawa State. All the contenders for the party’s ticket are my close political associates. Therefore, it is imperative for me to ensure a high sense of neutrality in this situation and allow the followership of the party take a decision on who should be their candidate.
“It is important APC makes the Adamawa election a case study in political transparency through effective application of the party’s internal democracy mechanism before, during and post-election periods.
“The governorship election is very crucial to the electioneering future and fortune of Nigeria’s politics.
“This is the more reason the APC wants to rebuild the country’s equitably, fairly and justly. I have always been an advocate of internal democracy in political party system; now is the time to practise what we preach.
“Only a level-playing field can sustain and maintain unity, security and prosperity for all and sundry.”
The former vice-president noted that the culture of imposing candidates on a party was no longer fashionable.
Atiku added: “The culture of imposition of candidates and its concomitant impunity is now old fashioned and unacceptable in our democracy.
“You may recall that I have been in the vanguard of safeguarding true democracy by challenging obstacles to justice and fair play. I even went to court severally to protect our hard-won political freedom.
“I will continue to lead with others in the race to unseat this inept and incompetent Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) maladministration, which has thrown Nigerians into an era of depression, frustration and desperation.”
On the dismissal of the impeachment plot against Nasarawa State Governor Tanko Al-Makura by the panel constituted by the Chief Judge, Atiku said this was “a real life vindication of the APC as a party of the people that creates and cherishes good governance”.
He added: “The era where a political super power would arbitrarily use impeachment as a mechanism to get rid of political opposition is over.”
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