Spokesmen for Peoples’ Democratic Party presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar criticized claims on Sunday that the former vice president is ill and had been flown abroad for medical attention.
Atiku’s media adviser, Mr Paul Ibe, said the PDP candidate will arrive in London on Monday, even as he dismissed the report of ill health.
Taking to his Twitter account, @omonlakiki, Ibe said: “For the avoidance of doubt, the PDP presidential candidate and former Vice President of Nigeria (1999-2007) will arrive in London on Monday 9 January for a meeting on Tuesday. and on Wednesday at the invitation of the British government.
Also speaking, the Director of Strategic Communications, PDP Campaign Council National Election Management Committee, Chief Dele Momodu, urged Nigerians to ignore the report of Atiku’s alleged poor health in its entirety “because it is completely false.” .
In a telephone conversation with our correspondent, Momodu said: “The man went on vacation. Anyone who knows him can tell you that the man (Atiku) doesn’t joke about his vacation. He went to Dubai from where he would leave for London on Monday (today). When he came to Dubai, I was the first person he spoke to. I was in Turkey at the time. The report is the joke of the year. How can you fly a man who is healthy and strong?
A spokesman for the Atiku/Okowa Presidential Campaign Organization, Senator Dino Melaye, also rejected the report, urging Nigerians to “ignore the lies of unrepentant liars.” Atiku is 100 percent fit and in excellent shape, health-wise. The British government invited the main presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, just as they had previously invited Bola Tinubu and Peter Obi.
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Meanwhile, Atiku said on Sunday that the upcoming elections are about the future of the country.
In a newsletter obtained by The PUNCH in Abuja, the former vice president urged Nigerians to “right all the wrongs” of the All Progressives Congress.
He said: “The 2023 general election is just a few weeks away. We must remind ourselves that this election is about the future of Nigeria. It is an opportunity for us as Nigerians to right all the wrongs that have been done to us by the APC ruler.
“As we exercise our mandate in the upcoming elections, we need to give proper thought to the cadres of both the PDP and the APC. We must avoid being overwhelmed by the deceptions of the ruling party. In fact, we must vote to punish the APC for its poor performance since it came to office in 2015.”