Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has welcomed the modified direct primaries introduced by the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the conduct of the forthcoming Adamawa State gubernatorial by-election slated for October 11, 2014, as well as other primaries including the presidential primaries coming up at a later period.
In a press statement issued by his media office in Abuja, the former Vice President said the modified direct primary is the best under the circumstances and nearest to the best under ideal democratic setting.
Atiku 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 emulate. He assured that he would not interfere with the choice of a candidate the people of Adamawa would be making.
The former Vice President also appealed to the PDP leaders to avoid the dangerous political tactics of playing up sentiments to polarize the people for political advantages.
He explained that the APC is for all Nigerians and that it is not a party for Muslims or Christians.
The former Vice President said divisive politics would not take Nigeria anywhere. He, therefore, advised PDP leaders in Adamawa to save the state and the rest of the country form the divisive tactics to gain power.
“Unlike many of its neighbours, our state has enjoyed relative peace and stability and we don’t want them to bring divisions among our people who have lived peacefully with one another,” Atiku said.
According to Atiku, Nigerians should 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 said good performance has nothing to do with one’s religion or ethnicity.