Media adviser to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Paul Ibe yesterday dismissed ‘a report and video in a section of the media claiming to be of a ‘sick’ Atiku Abubakar strapped to the seatbelt from his car by an assistant.
Ibe said the former vice president “is in good health”, adding: “Nothing could be further from the truth”.
The statement reads in part: “We would not normally respond to this mischief but for the impression it will create in the minds of Nigerians which is exactly the aim of the purveyors of this fake news.
“Recall that the former vice president and presidential candidate of the PDP was in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State, on Thursday for the big rally of the PDP, ahead of the weekend elections and the victory of its gubernatorial candidate, Ademola Adeleke.
“It is important to note that protective operations encompass all the measures put in place to ensure the extreme safety of a VIP on foot, static and moving movements.
“It is the responsibility of the Chief Security Officer of Atiku Abubakar to ensure his safety before the convoy begins any movement. Since VIP travel involves protective driving, securing a VIP before embarking on any type of journey, whether short or long distance, cannot be overstated. The paramount consideration, at all times, is the safety of Atiku Abubakar.
“We wish to state that Atiku Abubakar is not opposed to scrutiny due to the consequential nature of the 2023 elections. However, our position is that such scrutiny should not be based on rogue and red-hot journalism like this is the case with this artificial report.
THIS came as a group, the Igbo Youth Coalition for Atiku 2023, called for the emergence of Atiku as President in the 2023 elections.
The group said Atiku has proven himself to be a focused and results-oriented leader capable of saving the nation from the mismanagement of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In a statement, the leader of the coalition, Mr. Chris Nkemdirim, urged the population to ensure victory.
He added: “Only Atiku can build a strong, resilient and prosperous economy that creates jobs and wealth and lifts the poor out of poverty, and also promotes a true federal system that will provide a strong federal government to ensure unity. national level, while allowing units to federate to establish their own priorities.