FORMER vice president,
Abubaka Atiku, yesterday
distanced himself from a failed
political parley organised in
Enugu at the weekend by a
group called Integrity Group.
A statement issued by his
media team read: “The Atiku
Media Office wishes to state
that the news report in a section
of the media at the weekend in
which stalwarts of the ruling
All Progressives Congress
(APC) in Enugu State, shunned
a purported presidential
campaign parley of former Vice
President and APC chieftain,
Atiku Abubakar is blatantly
“While we see the media as
partners in progress, and do not
intend to disparage them, we
urge them to always carry out
investigation(s) to ascertain the
credibility, veracity or otherwise
of stories before publishing,
else they may inadvertently
earn the ignominious medal of
“fake news”.
“The Atiku Media Office
states that the so-called Integrity
Group is not known to Atiku
Abubakar, the Atiku Media
Office and the supposedly
held parley by the group, is
not known to the former Vice
“The news about this event
is, at worst, the handiwork of
some opportunists, political
jobbers and shortsighted
schemers who are out to do
all they can to create power
struggles for nothing but, their
own selfish ends. As such, the
Atiku Media Office seeks to
distance itself and the former
Vice President from such group
or persons.
“The Atiku Media Office
restates that what is of
paramount importance to
Atiku Abubakar (presently in
Saudi Arabia to perform the
lesser Hajj), at this critical stage
of the life of our nation is party
unity, unconditional support
for the Acting President and
prayers for the recovery and
return of the President.
“The former Vice President, is
focused on lending his time and
best endeavours to the President
to ensure that the country turns
the corner by overcoming the
present ravaging recession and
inflation and put food on the
table for the average Nigerian
citizen. The time for politics is
yet, a while away.”

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