The campaign office of former vice president of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, on Sunday, August 26, debunked the story from a section of the media that the presidential aspirant for the 2019 election had defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
A statement by the office described the report as “a malicious attempt to confuse the public about the aspiration of Atiku ahead of the forthcoming presidential primaries election of the PDP.
“For the avoidance of any doubts, Atiku remains the frontline aspirant for the presidential ticket of the PDP,” the statement obtained by NAIJ.com said.
Explaining further, the statement noted that in the past two months, Atiku Abubakar had moved across states in the country consulting with stakeholders of the PDP and explaining to them his agenda.
The agenda, according to the statement is encapsulated in the acronym JOBS (Jobs, Opportunity, Being united and Security) for Nigeria.
“The nationwide consultations continue this week with visits to the south west, north west and north central zones of the country.
“Atiku's passion and commitment to winning the PDP primaries is without any compromise and to assume that he will abandon the hard work he has done with the positive results he is getting from the stakeholders of the party is to say the least preposterous and unthinkable,” the statement said.
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The campaign office called on the supporters of Atiku to remain steadfast and see the contrived news of defection as an attempt to distract him from the set task of winning the PDP ticket and the 2019 presidential election.
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