Former Vice President and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Atiku Abubakar has dismissed as “a load of hogwash” newspaper report (not Vanguard) alleging that he has formed a new political platform under which he would run for President in 2019, with Ondo State Governor Segun Mimiko as his running mate.
The rebuttal was contained in a Sunday evening statement signed by his Media Adviser, Mazi Paul Ibe.
According to him, “the report bears all the features of a political hatchet job planted by his opponents who have desperately tried to invent events in order to draw a wedge between him and President (Muhammadu) Buhari on one hand and APC leadership as a whole”.
He said the “report was an incompetent product of fiction, so shallow and vacuous that even its authors could not validate its credibility with reliable and verifiable sources.”
The statement alerts Nigerians and APC leadership to the existence of “some people of bad faith trying tooth and nail to spread the seeds of discord in the party, and destroy the much needed unity, harmony and cohesion, which are the pillars of strength for every political organisation.”
The statement was quick to add that despite all these smear campaigns and reputation lynching and sponsored falsehoods, the Turaki Adamawa’s loyalty to President Buhari and the APC leadership would not be shaken an inch.
“Atiku would ordinarily have ignored the malicious report, but says he chose to react, lest his silence would be mistaken as an admission of the falsehoods published against him”.