Pushing Atiku to run for governor is insulting- Group

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar

A Yola-based socio-political group, Adamawa Think Tank, has described as disrespectful recent calls on former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to run for the office of the governor of Adamawa state in the October 11, bye election.

There have been reports in political circles in Adamawa that Mr. Atiku was considering running for governor because he “regretted missing” the opportunity to serve his people in that capacity.

Mr. Atiku however, took to his Facebook page last Saturday to refute the rumours.

“I just read this rumour that I am running for governor of Adamawa State. This is not true. I was elected governor of Adamawa State 15 years ago, but was elevated to the position of vice president. I believe we must always look forward, not backwards. I will never back away from supporting the development of my home state, as I have always done, both as a businessman and a statesman,” Mr. Atiku said.

Speaking through its coordinator, Danladi Danasabe, Adamawa Think Tank said Tuesday that those asking the former VP to “demote” himself were not serious.

“While is it true that Adamawa needs somebody with a strong pedigree to run it, owing to the betrayal of past leaders, it is our candid view that Turaki should rather be president so that the whole of Nigeria can benefit from his wealth of experience,” Mr. Danasabe said.

The coordinator added that his group held a meeting recently and agreed to reach out to Mr. Atiku’s party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, to pick Mr. Atiku as its candidate for the 2015 election.

“The only constant thing is truth and Atiku today is the only one in the APC that can face Jonathan and defeat him securely. You know the President and his people had to resort to crude tactics to stop him from emerging as the PDP candidate prior to the 2011 election while he was still in the party.

“People talk about Buhari, but anyone with decent knowledge of Nigerian politics knows that the General is not who he was, we therefore expect him to act like the statesman that he is and support Turaki,” Mr. Danasabe said.


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  • sir Oscie

    Aso Rock is where we want you Baba Turaki, To help fight unemployment,
    Insecurity, Educational decay in the country and other crisis our great
    nation is facing now…
    Those spreading the news of you having
    governorship ambition in your home state of Adamawa are mischievous
    makers peddling rumours to distract you from all your programmes both
    for your state and Nigeria as a whole. I will beg you pay them no
    attention and carry on with your developmental projects as a statesman
    that you are.
    Long live Atiku Abubakar!
    Long live Adamawa State!!

    Long live our country Nigeria!!!

  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    The outcome of the coming Adamawa State guber elections would be an adequate measure of Turaki’s political weight in the state and a pointer to his aspirations at the national stage.

    We shall wait and see.

    APC or PDP?

    Turaki or GEJ on Turaki’s home ground.

  • Esther

    obviously it was a sponsored news, Atiku should be use to propaganda my now. People spreading the rumour knows dat he is a very strong contender.

  • Sanmi Falae

    Sorry, as I don’t mean to be insensitive by my comment but realistic. We seem to lose sight of the fact that the reason for the determined onslaught against Boko Haram during the election was not to find the girls but that elections might take place in the occupied areas. Mr Jonathan Goodluck, as his idea of retributive justice, couldn’t care less about the girls on the theory that Boko Haram was inflicted on his government to purposely destabilise it.
    My advice to the incoming administration is to engage the problem on the theory that if human intelligence could lead to liquidation of Osama Bin Ladden, then it (human intelligence) could solve the problem. However with what Chief Constable Mbu said in the Punch yesterday or day before, it is a waste of time
    to expect our SSS or Police to provide that sort of intelligence. But even then they are consummate
    professionals when compared with the Kenyan Armed Forces. During the previous barbarity of El Shabbaab at the Mall, they were literally taunting Kenyan Armed Forces to come out and do their job of defending Kenyans. This time around, a source reported it took Kenyan Armed Forces eight solid hours to show up – enough time for the mentally challenged jihadists to wipe out the entire University population and escape, were they not waiting to be ‘martyred’.

    And when they did at last show up, one was so morbidly and SELF CONSCIOUSLY obese, he couldn’t take cover!!!!!! Thus putting the whole operation, his own life, and the lives of his colleagues at risk. The reality of our security situation in Africa is that our leaders, defenders, and protectors are actually our murderers and abductors of our children.