The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last general elections in Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has been exonerated from an allegation that he held secret meeting with the leadership of Boko Haram in Dubai sometime this year.
A highly respected source in the intelligent community hinted that when the report was first made, security operatives with link to international scenes conducted an independent investigation.
“We found out that the Gulf News newspaper which was purported to have published such news was cloned. The real Gulf News newspaper did not publish such story on the day Atiku’s story was published and in the same edition.”
This is even as Atiku, today, Thursday, raised alarm that there are plans by those he described as unscrupulous and anti-democratic forces to contrive skirmishes in the coming weeks aimed at smearing his personality.
In a statement by his Media Adviser, Paul Ibe, Atiku said that it is becoming revealing the grand plot being orchestrated by some agents of evil to stage-manage pockets of upset targeted at attacking his reputation.
“We wish to blow the whistle as an early warning alert of the grandiose scheme being put together by some unscrupulous elements aimed at jeopardizing the reputation of His Excellency Atiku Abubakar in the coming days and weeks.
“By the merit of what is beginning to unfold, there are plans to create some upset across the country whereby alleged perpetrators of such crimes will engage in phantom names dropping of Atiku Abubakar and some senior personalities in the Peoples Democratic Party.
“Already, we are abreast of some other plans to plant fictitious stories in some mushroom media outlets aimed at discrediting Atiku and his political party, the PDP.
“It therefore becomes preponderant that we alert the public of this demonic plan and to say that it will be imprudent to compromise the peace and security of Nigerians in order to score a cheap political goal.
“Towards this end, and for the umpteenth time, we call on the federal government to be awake to its responsibilities of providing security and ensuring peace, and to desist from actions and utterances that are capable of exposing our fault lines.
“It is very unsettling that senior administration officials, especially those who are the mouthpiece of government will make reckless but calculated comments to tarnish the image of Atiku Abubakar and government will sit idly on it.
“With the conclusion reached by Premium Times’ investigative reporting that there is no evidentiary prove to back the claim by Lai Mohammed that the opposition was planning to upstage the government, we demand that the information minister should be arrested for raising false alarm and an apology rendered to Atiku Abubakar and the PDP.”