Atiku gives reason for Fulani herdsmen, Tiv farmers crisis

A former Vice-President and presidential aspirant on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, on Sunday said the clashes between Tivs and fulani herdsmen were caused by misunderstanding.

Atiku stated this while speaking with journalists during his visit to a first-class Chief, His Royal Highness, Abu King Shuluwa in Makurdi.

Atiku who is the Zege Mule U Tiv (protective shield of Tiv nation) said stopping herdsmen and farmers clashes in Benue was a simple thing to do.

“Traditionally over a number of years, Tiv and Fulanis have coexisted. I believe that what is happening of recent can be attributed to sponsored misunderstanding between Tivs and Fulani herdsmen and we have always done our best to resolve the conflict.

We have always sat down to resolve the conflict. As Zege Mule U Tiv, I have spearheaded many meetings to resolve conflicts.”

The former Vice-President said that if voted into office, he would look for better ways to stop the clashes.

Asked if he would work with anyone who would emerge as the party candidate in the forthcoming primary, Atiku said the only way all the presidential aspirants would work together after the party primary was to have free, fair and credible primary election

He said he and other aspirants had been looking forward to the primary election holding in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on October 5 and 6, 2018.

He noted that he would abide by the decision of the delegates if the primary was conducted without manipulation.

Whoever emerges the party candidate in Port Harcourt we will support him if the primary  election is free, fair and credible.”

In his remark, Shuluwa said Tiv people had no issue with the Fulani, stressing that those attacking and killing the Tiv people were not Fulani of Nigeria origin.

“The Fulani that you see fighting the Tiv people are not the Fulani that we know and I have always said this. We don’t know where these crop of Fulani come from. The Fulani who are indigenes of Nigeria can never fight a Tiv man.

“As time goes on, all our differences will be healed up. We will make sure that the Fulani that are non Nigerians don’t come into this land.

“That one I can assure everybody. But we have nothing against the Fulani generally.”

ICYMI: We opted for indirect primaries after consensus failed –Ogun APC

APC-logoThe Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Ogun State, Chief Derin Adebiyi, said the party has opted for indirect primary in the state when it appeared that the consensus and the direct options might not work.

It was known to us  that the party initially settled for the consensus arrangement but had to embrace the direct option when the former was rejected by some members.

He added that the state chapter of the party had to dump direct primary following an obvious reality that the national secretariat of the party was not forthcoming with an up-to-date membership register and cards.

Adebiyi said, “We actually opted for the consensus arrangement in Ogun State after the NEC meeting in Abuja but we later discovered that the arrangement did not go down well with some of our people; so, we settled for direct option

“Many state chapters complained that they don’t have an up-to-date register of their members and the national executive promised to provide it and the membership cards.

“Since the registration that we did between 2014 and 2015, nobody had been given membership card and the register had yet to be provided by our national body.”

The party chairman explained that his one-week trip to Abuja to get the necessary materials did not yield any positive result.

Adebiyi added, “The national executive promised to provide all the materials within one week. I was in Abuja throughout last week (penultimate week) from Monday to Saturday; we did not get either the register or the membership cards.

“I then made up my mind that the national leadership of the party is not ready for us on the issue of direct primary. Therefore, when we got home, I informed my executive about the situation.

“We therefore made up our mind that the direct option would not be an alternative to the consensus which was also no longer feasible in many areas.”

We have now decided that we will go for indirect primaries because we already have our delegates on the ground.”

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