Background story: Atiku, speaking at an event organized by the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), said that as head of the economic management team while vice president (1999-2007), he was instrumental in designing a private sector revival strategy and advocated for opening up the economy for private sector investment in various sectors, ideas he said he delivered to Nigeria “tremendous progress”.

What Ezekwesili said: But Ezekwesili, a supporter of Pedro Obipresidential standard-bearer for the Labor Party, who served in the Olusegun Obasanjo administration along with Atiku, said the PPD candidate said “absurd lies”, adding that Atiku was “never the Head of the Economic Management Team”.

Atiku campaign responds to Ezekwesili: But citing on Twitter the statement of the former Minister of Mines and Steel, Pablo IbeAtiku’s media aide criticized the female politician for resorting to “jaded ‘aproko’ pettiness”.

In the meantime: Chatham House revealed that Atiku has remained silent at his invitation.