Buhari needs more time to actualise his dream for a better Nigeria, says Lamido Adamawa
It’s not a good time for the Presidential candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as one of the powerful traditional rulers in the Northern part of the country dumped him to support President Muhammadu Buhari of All Progressive Congress (APC).
What makes it even rudest shock is the fact that the traditional ruler is from his home state of Adamawa, and one of the first class traditional ruler in the state.
Lamido Adamawa, Alhaji Muhammadu Barkindo-Mustafa, endorsed his rival Buhari for a second term, appealing to all Nigerians that Buhari needs more time to actualise his dream for the country.
Recalled that the same Lamido Adamawa in November 2018 installed Atiku as the 7th Wazirin of Adamawa, a chieftaincy position that political analysts believed that should give him very home support.
Lamido Adamawa said:
“Mr. President there is no doubt that much has been achieved during your present tenure, but certainly you need more time to actualise your dream for a better Nigeria”, the Lamido told President Buhari when he visited him in his palace in Yola on Thursday.
“The giant strides and inroads you recorded in various fields of our endeavours such as economy, security and fight against corruption, which still remain the cornerstone of your agenda, would not have been made possible if not for your resilient, focus, passion and love for the country.
“This, therefore, calls for all and sundry to rally round you and allow you to get to the next level to enable you to consolidate the various laudable programmes of your party”, the Lamido said.
With the endorsement of Buhari by the powerful traditional ruler as against the expectation of Nigerians, Atiku may find it tasking winning his home state of Adamawa, considering the huge influence of the first Emir.
It’s not the first time Atiku will be contesting as Nigeria’s president. In 2007 he was the presidential candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria in 2007 but failed to win his home state of Adamawa, the same thing might play out this time.
From voting records and analysis, Buhari since 2003 has never lost Adamawa state, Atiku may have to change that record as Nigerians go to the polls February 16, 2019.