By Umar Muhammad Puma
Leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa state has thrown their weight behind the aspiration of the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to be the party’s presidential bearer in the forth coming APC primaries.
Addressing press conference in Abuja yesterday, chairperson of the APC in the state, Binta Garba, said they decided to endorse Atiku because of the outstanding leadership role he played over the past 15 years of democracy, both within and outside government.
She said even though the party in the state has adopted the former Vice President as its candidate, it will not close its doors to other aspirants in the party who are seeking the same position with him.
According to them, “The former vice president is not just a son of Adamawa State. The Turaki Adamawa is well known and well respected across the six geopolitical zones of our great country. His marriage and business ties cut across tribe and tongue, as do his philanthropy and social obligations. Sadly, in the deeply divided Nigeria we have today, few politicians can make such a claim.
“We are proud of the outstanding leadership role Atiku Abubakar has played in this country over the past 15 years of democracy, both within and outside government. He has been a bridge builder, stepping in during times of discord to mediate peace within and outside the APC.
“Without antagonism or malice, he has consistently lent his voice to pressing national issues, offering counsel to the Federal Government at times when those at the top were clueless about what steps to take. He is a leader with a difference. He is also a man of the people.
“Without the least meaning to diminish his national and global stature, it is on the records that Atiku as an individual has done more to develop Adamawa State than any indigene of the state that is living or dead. His university, the American University of Nigeria (AUN) has put our state and the whole country on the world’s map of quality education.