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.