Fulani Socio-Cultural groups in Taraba on Monday endorsed the candidatures of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Gov Darius Ishaku as their preferred choices in the Presidential and Governorship elections holding February 16 and March 2.
Alhaji Mafindi Danburam, North-East Zonal Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, who led the groups and their Ardos (Chiefs), to endorse Ishaku and Atiku in Jalingo, said that the decision was “in the best interest of Fulani speaking people in Nigeria”.
It Was reported that the state chapter of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, led by Alhaji Sahabi Mahmud, had earlier addressed a press conference where it endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari and Alhaji Sani Danladi, both of the APC, as their Presidential and Governorship candidates. Danburam, a strong critic of Ishaku and his Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law, said that the decision to endorse the governor and Atiku was taken after wide consultations with critical stakeholders. The leader said that the initial stance against the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law was a product of misinformation.
“We were misinformed about government’s good intentions. “We never knew the governor’s good intention and we seriously opposed him over the anti-open grazing law. “You are aware that we even went to court, but the governor remained calm and even suspended further action on the law. “Today, we have come to compensate him for his patience and to give him and Atiku our support in next year’s election for the good of Taraba and Nigeria. “As a people, we have lost a lot in our fight with the government and we think this is not necessary.