A few days before the presidential election on Saturday February 25, the presidential bid of the former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, received a boost as a group of 19 Fulani social-cultural associations endorsed the presidential bid and swore to vote for him.
A coalition of 19 different organizations of the Fulani people in the North East subregion under the aegis of Association of Northern Hardos endorsed Atiku at the end of their meeting held in Bauchi yesterday.
Speaking to journalists after the meeting, Northern Hardos Chairman of the Board (BoT), Suleiman Abdullahi, said they have agreed to vote for Atiku among the candidates.
“We know that people have different political opinions and rights to vote for the candidates of their choice, but, majority of us have agreed to vote for the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.”
The BoT chairman, however, urged the Hardos, who attended the meeting in Bauchi to go back to their respective areas and educate their subjects to vote for the PDP and all its candidates but that nobody should be forced to do so.
He alleged that Fulani people, who were residing in the southern states have been subjected to incessant attacks, which had rendered them insecure and restless.
Abdullahi urged the government to come to the aid of the Fulani and accord them adequate security as they go about their legitimate means of livelihood.
Chairman, Bauchi State chapter of the Miyetti-Allah Kautal Hore, Hussaini Mohammed, corroborated the stance saying they had confidence that Atiku would be a good president for the country, the reason they were supporting his candidature.