Former Vice President and presidential aspirant of All Progressive Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar has said even as he is bound as a democrat to abide by Wednesday’s verdict stopping Saturday’s governorship by-election in Adamawa State, it has only delayed the overwhelming desire of the people of the state to vote out the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government in the state.
Atiku in a press statement by his media office in Abuja today said though he is bound to respect the decision of the Federal High Court to reinstate the former Deputy Governor of Adamawa State, Mr. Bala Ngilari as the substantive Acting Governor of the state, the verdict of the court has inevitably delayed the ouster of the PDP whenever the election is held.
“The judicial verdict that may have tacitly cancelled the governorship by-election in Adamawa state for now was a painful development for the membership of the APC in Adamawa State.
“As leaders of the party, we shall respect the verdict of the court, but we must be quick to say that the verdict has merely delayed the overwhelming desire of the people of Adamawa State to vote for change and thumbs down the PDP imposition on a people. Clearly we in the APC had the momentum and therefore an advantage going into Saturday’s election,” Atiku said.
According to him, “The people of Adamawa want change. They expressed that desire throughout the nooks and crannies of the state as evidenced in the massive momentum going for the candidate of our party during the electioneering campaign.”
He, however, stressed “As democrats with firm believe in the rule of law, we will respect the verdict of the judiciary. As politicians championing the course of change for a better and prosperous Nigeria, we shall remain resolute and provide the leadership that will make it possible for the people of Adamawa State and Nigerians in general to vote for change whenever and wherever the opportunity arises.”