YOLA – The Adamawa State branch of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has thrown its weight behind the aspiration of former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to pick the presidential ticket of the party for the 2015 general election.
In a press conference given by Hon. Binta Masi Kwaji, the state chairman of the party and made available to SundiataPost, the Adamawa State chapter of APC said Atiku is the person best suited to tackle the numerous challenges of Nigeria at this moment.
Kwaji said: “Atiku Abubakar 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, Nigeria. 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 shone as 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. Atiku Abubakar is a leader with a difference.
“Atiku Abubakar is 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 has put our state and the whole country on the world’s map of quality education.
“Next to the state government, he ranks as the highest employer of labour through his many businesses and industrial establishments.
We are equally thrilled by his commitment to job creation, improving the economy, education, infrastructure, transparency in government and the overall welfare of Nigerians.
“It is on this note that the entire members of the State Executive Committee who are all here, supported by the party chairmen in all the local government areas representing the APC in Adamawa State hereby endorses the Turaki Adamawa for the 2015 Presidential elections. Following a meeting of the party executives yesterday evening, we unanimously resolved that we will give him our full backing towards realizing his ambitions to create a Nigeria for all.
“The party, therefore, urges all APC faithful in the state to support this gesture and also give Atiku Abubakar their full backing. The people of Adamawa must unite to ensure that the 2015 elections bring about the CHANGE that we all seek.”