ABUJA (Sundiata Post) – Former Vice President and chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has denied a newspaper report (not Sundiata Post) 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.
In a statement signed by his media adviser, Mazi Paul Ibe on Sunday and sent to Sundiata Post, Atiku saif 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.
According to the statement, 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 said Nigerians and APC leadership should note that there were “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.”
Ibe said despite all these smear campaigns and reputation lynching and sponsored falsehoods, Atiku’s loyalty to Buhari and the APC leadership would remain unshaken.
He explained that Atiku would ordinarily have ignored the malicious report, but chose to react, lest his silence would be mistaken as an admission of the falsehoods published against him.