By Ibidapo Balogun
Former Vice President and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has denied a newspaper report that he was planning to form a party with Ondo state Governor Olusegun Mimiko as his running mate.
Atiku described the report as ‘a load of hogwash’.
The report in a Sunday newspaper had alleged that the former vice President has formed a new political platform under which he will run for president in 2019 with Mimiko as his running mate.
A statement by his Media Adviser, Mazi Paul Ibe, on Sunday night said the report bore all the features of a political hatchet job planted by his opponents who have desperately tried to invent events to draw a wedge between him and President Muhammadu Buhari on the one hand and APC leadership on the other.
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,” Ibe said.
The statement alerts Nigerians and APC leadership that there are “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, ‘Turaki Adamawa’s loyalty to President Buhari and the APC leadership would not be shaken an inch’.
He said 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.