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Atiku Canvasses Lifting of Emergency Rule for Adamawa Guber Poll


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IMAGE: Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, A former Vice-President and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress »

September.08.2014

A former Vice-President and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has urged the federal government to consider the lifting of the emergency rule for the purposes of the October 11 Adamawa State governorship by-election and 2015 election in the Borno, Yobe and Adamawa State.

In a statement issued through his Media Office yesterday evening, Atiku also 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.

Atiku noted that that call for an urgent parley of Adamawa critical stakeholders comprising the major political parties, security agencies, the 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 general elections.

According to the former vice-president, 72 per cent of those surveyed from the region, however, advocated for the lifting of the emergency rule for the purposes of the 2015 election in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States.

Atiku said the envisaged meeting would come up with modalities to ensure a free and fair election in an emergency rule in Adamawa State.

He said the state situation could be used as a fore runner 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.

He said apart from hindering the people of the state, the freedom to cast their ballots, the right to free movement and association, which ordinarily afford people opportunity to attend political rallies and gatherings would be compromised under an emergency rule.

He observed further that the emergency rule in Adamawa State also called to question, the expected level-playing field, which the government was supposed to provide for all political parties participating in the election since the federal government was also an interested party in the election through the participation of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He stressed the need to balance all the conditions precedent in the state ahead of the October 11 governorship election in the interest of democracy, justice and fair-play.

Article Credit: Thisdaylive

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