TURAKIN ADAMAWA VANGUARD FOR CREDIBLE LEADERSHIP
We Had a Good Run, Congratulate President Buhari and call on Atiku to call President-elect now
The Turakin Adamawa Vanguard is one of the support groups that supported the Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic (PDP), His Excellency Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. Our support for his candidacy is based on the articulate economic roadmap he has for the country, which no doubt would have created employment for youth and lead to the economic prosperity we desire.
The Turakin Adamawa Vanguard did its best to engage Nigerians as electorate. Our members led several door to door campaigns to enlighten voters on the Better Life they stand to enjoy by voting for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. The choice before Nigerians was to vote out the profoundly incompetent fascist government of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as embodied by President Muhammadu Buhari, whose poor handling of the country’s affairs has thrown Nigerians into suffering on a scale that only he could make possible.
We went into the Presidential Election with hope that the system in Nigeria has evolved to a point where voters would be able to exercise their rights without fear of repercussions, particularly with the way the international community, friends of Nigeria, had waded in to douse the tension that was brewing over President Buhari’s desperation. They asked candidates to commit to a peace accord, which we had hoped would guarantee peace but it turned out Nigerians were deceived on this score.
Our expectation that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will rise above partisanship in conducting the elections were dashed as Nigerians have been dealing with the bizarre case of an electoral umpire that constantly first try to decipher the President Buhari’s body language before taking decision. Nothing can be more partial than this for an organization whose most important focus ought to be impartiality.
Atiku Abubakar’s candidacy was subjected to the vilest blitz of negative propaganda ever unleashed on a politician anywhere in the world. Those who wished to keep Nigeria in bondage did their best to lie against our candidate without a shred of evidence being tendered in any of the allegations they made about him. The orgy of lies is in part responsible for the voter apathy across the country as the electorate were misled into thinking they had to choose between two evils when in reality they have been pushed into rejecting the best president Nigeria could have had.
The ignoble role played by security agencies cannot be ignored. Buoyed by President Buhari’s order to shoot ballot box snatchers, the security agencies did not actively help rig for the APC they also dispensed disproportionate violence to deter our supporters from voting.
The only people worse than the security agencies are those that pretended to ardent PDP members and part of the Atiku Campaign Organization but turned out to be APC moles that constantly leaked information and strategy to the Buhari camp. Many of such people also fed the entire team with false intelligence that predicted victory in places that were in reality hostile to the PDP, which then failed to take the necessary remedial actions. We believe that only God of recompense can fairly apportion to them their dues in life. No human should be betrayed on the scale they betrayed Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
In spite of the harsh environment in which the contest held, we authoritatively state that we, with our candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, had a good run; we had a good showing. But Nigerians gave their verdict with which they turned down Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s offer of helping to Get Nigeria Working Again. We do not hold this outcome against those that voted to reject the offer to pilot Nigeria out of its current failed state because we believe the time to reset the country shall come.
We are aware that there are groups that have been mobilized by the APC to cause chaos so that our candidate can be accused of ordering attacks and clamped into prison. It is also clear that the peace of the country has become even more fragile because the results that are emerging are in favour President Buhari. We believe the country has to remain in a manageable state for us to be able to get it working again so it will not serve anyone’s interest if there is a breakdown of law and order because of contention over the election.
We, at Turakin Adamawa Vanguard, are therefore appealing to our Grand Patron and Presidential Candidate, His Excellency Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to call and congratulate President Buhari over his victory. He had a good fight but the Nigerian people have decided, which calls for statesmanship in addition to whatever legal remedies he opts to seek. There is precedence for this and it must always be about doing what is best for Nigeria even in the face of the most grievous provocation.
We expect that youths and youth groups that truly believe in an eventual Atiku Presidency will not allow themselves to be recruited by the APC to trigger the violence they are desperate for in order to clamp down on the opposition. We must continue to look to our candidate for leadership and direction on what to do next.