Fulani Socio-Cultural groups in Taraba State, on Monday endorsed the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, ahead of the February election.
The groups also endorsed the candidature of Governor Darius Ishaku for a second term, News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports.
The North East Zonal Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, MACBAN, Alhaji Mafindi Danburam, who led the groups made the declaration in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital.
Danburam explained that their decision was “in the best interest of Fulani speaking people in Nigeria”.
He said the decision to endorse the governor and Atiku was taken after wide consultations with critical stakeholders.
Danburam said his 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.
“The governor has promised to amend some aspects of the open grazing prohibition law; we will wait to see it,” he said.
Recall that the state chapter of MACBAN led by Alhaji Sahabi Mahmud, had earlier addressed a press conference where it endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari and Alhaji Sani Danladi, both of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as their Presidential and Governorship candidates.