Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has dismissed what he called “sponsored stories,” by some media platforms to the effect that the All Progressives Congress, of which he is chief, had zoned him out of the presidential contest following a new arrangement.
In a statement by the Atiku Media Office on Saturday, it says at no time did the party’s Convention Planning Committee or its recently-dissolved Interim National Executive Council discussed the issue of zoning of elective offices outside the positions of leadership of the party.
“As for the presidential ticket, the position of all organs of the party is that it is open to all Nigerians irrespective of where they come from,” said Atiku.
Atiku described the reports as “a hatchet job for Aso Rock” titled ‘Atiku Zoned Out’, in a National daily . He Wondered why the presidency was so scared of the prospect of Jonathan facing Atiku in 2015.
It also accused the paper of abandoning principles and its responsibility to the public.
“Atiku’s chances have never been better, given the climate of democracy and freedom in the APC” the statement concluded.