Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of allegedly finalizing a deal with the governors of Zamfara and Katsina to capture the states at all cost during next month’s general elections.
Atiku, in a statement released by his Special Assistant on Public Communication, Mr. Phrank Shaibu, said he doesn’t have any issues related to the measures undertaken by the Federal to put an end to the needless loss of lives and property in Zamfara and Katsina States, reported The Punch.
Reacting to the call by Governor Abdul-Aziz Yari to impose a state of emergency in Zamfara State, Atiku said imposing emergency rule in the state can only address the symptoms and not the cause of the ongoing security crisis in the North West states. He added that the State of Emergency will only result in more militarization of the affected areas, more road blocks and the constriction of the civil liberties of the people.
Atiku said that a fundamental solution is a must to put an end to the crisis in order to ensure lasting peace. He reiterated that President Buhari, who is repeatedly calling out for free and fair elections and promises to avoid any unethical measures to win, was ready to do anything just to capture Zamfara and Katsina states for his party.
Atiku assured that PDP won’t pay much attention to the deal which is meant to put his party at a disadvantage. He added that his party will do its best to rescue Nigeria from incompetence and bad leadership.
He even called on Governor Yari to resign pointing out that he is incapable of protecting the people who elected him into office, instead of merely calling on the President to declare a state of emergency in the state.
Atiku cited the example of Robert J. Walker, Governor of Kansas in the USA, who resigned in 1857 after confessing to his inability to preserve the peace or promote public welfare of his people.