Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has said that the All Progressives Congress will ensure an open and fair contest among all its members vying for the party’s ticket to contest the forthcoming governorship election in Adamawa State.
Atiku, who spoke with journalists shortly after his arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Tuesday, noted 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 periods.
He said that all the contenders for the APC ticket in the state were his political allies and that it had become imperative for him to remain neutral in the primaries and allow due process to be followed.
He said, “The governorship election is very crucial to the electioneering future and fortune of Nigerian politics. This is the more reason why the APC wants to re-build the country equitably, fairly and justly.
“I have always been an advocate of internal democracy in political party system and now is the time to practice what we preach. Only a level-playing field can sustain and maintain unity, security and prosperity for all and sundry.
“APC is the party to beat in Adamawa State; and all the contenders for the party’s ticket are my close political associates. Therefore, it is imperative for me to ensure a high sense of neutrality in this situation and allow the followership of the party take a decision on who should be their candidate.”
He said that the culture of imposition of candidates and its concomitant impunity was old fashioned and unacceptable in the nation’s democracy.
He said that having being in the vanguard of safeguarding true democracy by challenging obstacles to justice and fair-play in the past by going to court on several occasions, he would not allow anything short of open primary in the state.
“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 added.