ABUJA — Former Vice President and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has called for an urgent meeting of critical stakeholders in Adamawa State to ensure a free and fair governorship election in the state on October 11.
The former Vice President made the call against the backdrop of the need to maintain security in the state and fears being expressed about the probable suffocation of the sovereignty of the people by the prevailing emergency rule in the state.
Abubakar noted that his call for an urgent parley of Adamawa critical stakeholders comprised of the major political parties, security agencies, Adamawa State Government, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), civil society and election observers and religious and traditional rulers followed the results of NOI Polls which revealed that 55 per cent of adult Nigerians want the emergency rule imposed on three states in the North-east region lifted during the 2015 elections.
According to the former Vice President, 72 per cent of those surveyed from the region, however, advocated the lifting of the emergency rule for the purposes of the 2015 election in the states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.
Atiku said the envisaged meeting would come up with modalities for ensuring a free and fair election in an emergency rule in Adamawa State, adding that the Adamawa situation could be used as a forerunner of the 2015 elections.
The Turaki Adamawa while expressing the imperative of providing adequate security in the state, especially with the peculiar situation presented by the emergency rule, however, observed that the prevailing emergency rule might pose difficulties, if not impossible for voters in the state to perform their civic rights of franchise.