Friday, April 3, 2015 10:34 am
Former Nigerian Vice President and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar has dissociated himself from a purported photograph of him canvassing for votes for Malam Nuhu Ribadu, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Adamawa State.
Atiku, in a press statement signed by his media office on Friday, said that the circulation of a photograph showing him carrying a banner asking for votes for Ribadu was a fraud done out of malice.
According to the statement, the banner in question was the banner he held in canvassing for votes for the Osun State governor, Rauf Aregbesola, during the last governorship election in Osun State last year.
Atiku said that the imperative of voting for the APC in the next line of elections in the country on April 11 is a virtue that he is firmly committed to, and to which he will urge all Nigerians to give unwavering support.
He said: “The purported photograph of me canvassing for votes for the PDP in the Adamawa governorship election is a fraud and done out of outright malice.
“I did not and will never call for support for any candidate of the PDP. The photograph that is being circulated is the Photoshop copy of my photograph that called for votes for the Osun State governor in the 2014 gubernatorial election in that state.
“My commitment to support and canvass for votes for the APC, not only in Adamawa State, but in all strata of elections across the country is a virtue that I will urge all Nigerians to follow,” he said.
The APC candidate in the Adamawa governorship election is Senator Mohammed Umar Jibrilla.