Yola—Suspected party thugs in their hundreds almost marred the visit of the Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to the premises of Adamawa State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, secretariat as they engaged each other in a free-for-all fight at the weekend.
Atiku had driven to the secretariat in a long convoy of his supporters singing and chanting his praises. The situation, however, degenerated when another group, led by the state PDP youth leader, Adamu Bakari, began chanting the praises of the state governor.
The ensuing confusion forced the former Vice-President to remain in the conference hall of the secretariat for almost one hour before a combined team of Mobile Policemen and other security operatives restored a certain measure of order, before he was driven out.
Addressing the party executives, led by the state party secretary, Mr. Philemon Elisha, Atiku charged the state party leadership to create a conducive atmosphere that would enable all former members coming back to the party free access without discrimination to actualise their ambitions.
He stressed that internal democracy within the party was a necessary ingredient to strengthen the party if the PDP is to go and face other political parties in the forthcoming general elections.
He said: “My feeling is that any member who wants to contest should be allowed to contest.”
The former Vice-President, was visiting the state party secretariat, for the first time since 2006, when he de-registered from the party during former President, Olusegun Obasanjo’s administratio whom he served under.
Atiku told the party leaders that he was prepared to assist the party win the forthcoming general elections from the ward level to the presidential elections, saying that he as a person has personal preference for any candidate in the state.
He added that he has since forgiven any party men who were behind his travails during his trying period when he sought re-entrance back in to the party and his waiver saga.
Atiku, who disassociated himself from the recent spate of court cases involving the party and some aggrieved members, said he did not take the party to court either directly or through proxy.
Receiving Atiku Abubakar earlier to the party secretariat, the state party secretary, Elisha, said the former vice president was one of the founding fathers of the party in 1999 and has remained a committed democrat.