The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate for the 2023 general election, Atiku Abubakar has denied the claims that is supporting Dino Melaye for governorship candidate of the party ahead of the November 11 poll in Kogi State.
Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate for the 2023 general elections, has refuted media claims that he is supporting Dino Melaye for governorship candidate of the party ahead of the November 11 poll in Kogi State.
In a statement issued on Tuesday by his spokesperson, Paul Ibe, Atiku claimed that as a true democrat, enabling internal democracy in party politics has been the distinguishing feature of his political fights.
Some elders of the Kogi State chapter of the PDP led by one Ibrahim Dansofo had reportedly asked the former Vice President to immediately retract his alleged endorsement and allow the original delegate list from the 21 local government areas to scale through.
In response to this, Mr Ibe said, “The attention of the former Vice President of Nigeria and Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2023 election, Atiku Abubakar, has been drawn to several media reports insinuating his involvement in the democratic process of electing the gubernatorial flag bearer for the Peoples Democratic Party in the upcoming Kogi State governorship election.
“We wish to state categorically that such media reports are false and gross fabrication.
“Atiku is a consummate democrat and the hallmark of his political struggles has been for the enablement of internal democracy in party politics.
“It is therefore absurd to suggest that Atiku has a preferred candidate in the primary election to produce the governorship candidate of the PDP in the Kogi State election – or in any primary election, for that matter.
“For the avoidance of any doubts, Atiku Abubakar has no anointed candidate in the Kogi State primary election.
“He believes that the decision to elect the flag bearer of the PDP in the coming election in the Confluence State is the responsibility of electors in that primary election.
“He therefore urges anyone amongst the candidates to desist from peddling influence with his name and, indeed, calls on the media not to lay prostrate to any blackmail against him.
“Atiku believes that all the aspirants in the election are up to the task of flying the flag of our great party, the PDP and the electors should be given the unfettered rights to perform their constituted duty of electing the best person for the PDP.”