The Keffi Development Foundation, KDF, a community-based organisation, has called for peaceful resolution of political differences between Governor Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa State and Abdullahi Adamu, the Senator representing Nasarawa West Senatorial District.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that there had been arguments over who should succeed Mr Al-Makura in 2019, as Senator Adamu’s choice differed from that of the incumbent governor.
The Vice President of the foundation, Lawal Maizabo, who made the appeal in a statement on Tuesday in Keffi, Nasarawa State, appealed for an amicable resolution of the issue.
According to him, the political disparity between the two most important political leaders in the state was needless.
He said that until now, the two leaders had a robust relationship, exchanged visits, shared similar ideologies and worked closely to bring development and dividends of democracy to the people of state.
He noted that difference of opinions among politicians was normal in democracy and it was in line with the tenets of democracy.
According to Mr Maizabo, KDF as a strategic partner and stakeholder with a desire for peace, progress and passion for the state, is duty-bound to intervene to soften the situation.
“We consider our intervention imperative as stakeholders with quest for a greater Nasarawa State as the current political distinction is capable of polarising the people,” Mr Maizabo stressed.
He, therefore, called for immediate, peaceful resolution of issues at stake, stressing that the differences must be brought to a halt to ensure that the state continue to enjoy peace and tranquillity.
He added that, “Keffi Development Foundation, KDF, hereby calls for amicable resolution of the impasse to move our state forward and have hitch-free general elections in 2019.”
Mr Maizabo advised Mr Al-Makura to employ the political sagacity with which he used to resolve the political crisis that engulfed the state in the past.
He also called on traditional rulers, stakeholders and well-meaning citizens of the state to mediate between the two most respected leaders of the state.
This, according to him, will help to resolve their differences and ensure lasting peace and harmony in the state.
Similarly, Mr Maizabo urged the National and State leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to settle the lingering political differences between the duo to enhance sanity in the party in the state.
He said that both leaders had contributed immensely to the progress and development of the state, adding: “ KDF cherishes the contributions of Governor Al-Makura and Senator Adamu Abdullahi to the state and looks up to them as role models and leaders.”