FORMER vice president and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has dismissed as “a load of hogwash” a newspaper report alleging that he had formed a new political platform under which he would run for president in 2019, with Ondo State governor, Olusegun Mimiko, as his running mate. The statement signed by his media adviser, Mazi Paul Ibe, said the report bore all the features of a political hatchet job planted by his opponents who had 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 Ibe, “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 alerted Nigerians and APC leadership 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, the Turaki Adamawa’s loyalty to President Buhari and the APC leadership will not be shaken an inch.” He explained that Atiku would ordinarily have ignored the malicious report, but he chose to react lest his silence be mistaken as an admission of the falsehoods published against him.

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