By Ahmed Ahmed
The Former Speaker House of Representative Hon Yakubu Dogara has said the Presidential candidate of People Democratic party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar is the most experience candidate and has done much for the Northern Church to deserve their votes.
Dogara stated this at the awards and book lunch dedication at ECWA Church headquarters Jos at weekend, with the theme, “The past, present and future role of Northern Christians in the development of Nigeria”.
He admitted that the PDP Presidential candidate Abubakar is the most experienced candidate who has done much for christians in the North
“God forbid that we should imagine that he is perfect but we can not deny that he is by far the most experienced and that what he has done for the Northern Church has no known parallels in Nigeria’s history.
“In case we have forgotten, let me remind us of Governors Boni Haruna and Jolly Nyameh who governed Adamawa and Taraba states for 8 and 10 years respectively with the full backing of Atiku.
“Don’t also forget that Atiku was my only backer at that level when I ran and won the speakership race nearly 8 years ago. He said clearly then that since the President is a Muslim and the Senate President was going to be another muslim.
“If we must not spit on the legacies of Sardauna and other foundation fathers of our nation, the position of the speakership must go to a Christian,” he said.
Dogara noted that Atiku came under serious pressure to change his position but he held firm to his conviction until he won the race.
According to him, If that is not enough, a brother of ours from Chibok commanded me to always mention the fact that Atiku is the only leader amongst the candidates who offered full scholarships to the rescued Chibok girls.
“He sent me the evidence and said since a friend in need is a friend in deed, he will not only vote for Atiku but ensure that the world hears about what Atiku did for his people and that the community gives him massive votes to do more for them.
“Believe me there are other compelling stories that time will not permit us to share,” Dogara stressed.
The Ex Speaker pointed out that Atiku has a strong partner in our brother, Governor Okowa who is not just a Christian but a man of abiding faith in Nigeria and our people.
“I am convinced that together they will provide the needed leadership to unite Nigerians of all creeds and lay a solid path to prosperity for all.
“I had challenged the Northern church to rate the candidates on the basis of their contributions to the church and vote for whoever has done more so that he can do more.
“Mark my words, anyone who has not done much will not change overnight and begin to do more merely because he has been elected president. It just doesn’t work that way,” Dogara said.