A former Vice President and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Atiku Abubakar, has said the party would ensure an open and fair contest among all its members vying for the party’s ticket ahead of the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
The governorship seat of the state became vacant following last month’s impeachment of the former state governor, Murtala Nyako.
Mr. Nyako was a member of the APC before his removal.
The former Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Umar Fintiri, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is the acting governor.
Mr. Abubakar told journalists at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Tuesday that it was important that the APC made the Adamawa election a case study in political transparency through effective application of the party’s internal democracy mechanism before, during and post-election.
He said that the APC was the party to beat in Adamawa State. He also noted that all the contenders for the party’s ticket were his political allies, adding that it was imperative on him as a democrat and law abiding party man and leader to remain neutral in the primaries and allow due process to be followed.
“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 in the past. 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 PDP maladministration which has thrown Nigerians into an era of depression, frustration and desperation,” he said.
On the dismissal of the impeachment plot against Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State by the panel constituted by the state’s Chief Judge, the former Vice President said this was a real life vindication of the APC as a party of the people that creates and cherishes good governance.
“The era where a political super power will arbitrarily use impeachment as a mechanism to get rid of political opposition is over,” he said.