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Published On: Wed, Oct 25th, 2017

Atiku never endorsed Buhari’s 2019 re-election bid – APC chieftain

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From Umar Dankano, Yola

An All Progressives Congress (APC) Chieftain in Adamawa state, Yakubu Tsala, has distanced himself from the claim by the APC stakeholders in the state of endorsing re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari as President in the 2019 General elections.
Tsala who is a political associate to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, declared at a press conference in Yola Monday that he was invited by the organisers of the political meeting which he obliged innocently but was shocked to the resolution in the meeting’s communiqué that they endorsed candidature of President Buhari.
Tsala faulted the issuance of communiqué without asking of their view on such political mission describing it as a hidden agenda meant to satisfy some political interest somewhere.
“Personally, I have not decided who will be President yet because there is time for everything but to my greatest surprise my associates from sokoto, Kano and many places saying we have endorsed President Buhari.
“All I know is that we had our stakeholders meeting where many issues were discussed and we endorsed our representatives at the state level with some at National Assembly based on their outstanding performances in providing dividends of democracy to the electorate.
“But on the issue of endorsement of Buhari, count me out because I am close to Former Vice President politically as we have been leaving together for 34 years and in terms of support, for me Atiku is most qualify to lead this country in all honesty”, Tsala declared.
Tsala, a former Executive Secretary, National Sugar Development Council, opined that APC as a party has tried in the fulfillment of campaign promises to the electorates, but said more needed to be done to salvage the sufferings in the land.
It could be recalled that some APC stakeholders loyal to the Governor Muhammadu Umaru Jibrilla’s government held a stakeholders meeting last Saturday at the Banquet hall, Government House, Yola, endorsing President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Jibrilla for re-election come 2019.

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