Atiku felicitates with Edwin Clark at 92

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Former Vice President of Nigeria and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate in the 2019 presidential poll, Atiku Abubakar, has  congratulated elder statesman, Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark, as he clocked the age of 92 years.

Atiku in a statement issued on Sunday by his Media Adviser, Paul Ibe, said the enviable milestone in the life of the nationalist and elder statesman is worth celebrating more so when his life reflects the collective and continuous effort towards building a great nation.

“As a great nationalist, he has patriotically served our dear country in various capacities without blemish and this is why he has remained relevant as a dependable voice of the people,” Atiku said.

The former Vice President also saluted Clark’s unwavering patriotism and relentless pursuit of the unity of the country, particularly his maturity in speaking for the good of all Nigerians.

“Clark possesses an indomitable and insurmountable spirit for advocacy and love for the oppressed, for which God has blessed him with long life, good health and unwavering commitment to fight injustice at all levels.

 “Chief Clark is a man who is not afraid to speak his mind about the things he feels strongly about,” Atiku said.

The former Vice President prayed that God will grant the elder statesman many more years in good health and service to a better and egalitarian Nigeria.

 

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Atiku demands arrest of Lai Mohammed over campaign of calumny against his personality

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 Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has demanded the arrest of Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed over what he claimed is a campaign of falsehood against his personality by the Minister, who allegedly made unscrupulous claims without evidence.

 Atiku said that that the Minister has liaised with anti-democratic elements to contrive skirmishes in the coming weeks aimed at smearing his personality.

Media Adviser to the former Vice President, Paul Ibe in a press statement on Thursday said that it was becoming revealing the grand plot being orchestrated by some agents of evil to stage-manage pockets of upset targeted at attacking the reputation of Atiku.

According to the statement, “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 … Read More...

Atiku raises alarm over campaign of calumny against his personality

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Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has raised an alarm that plans are afoot by unscrupulous and anti-democratic elements to contrive skirmishes in the coming weeks aimed at smearing his personality.

Media Adviser to the former Vice President, Paul Ibe in a press statement on Thursday said that it was becoming revealing the grand plot being orchestrated by some agents of evil to stage-manage pockets of upset targeted at attacking the reputation of Atiku.

According to the statement, “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 … Read More...

Atiku threatens Buhari’s aide with N2b suit for defamation

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 Former Vice President and Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the general elections, Atiku Abubakar, has threatened to slam a N2 billion suit against President Muhammadu Buhari’s Assistant on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, if she fails to tender apologies and pay N500 million, over what he claimed was an attempt by the aide to defame his name.

Atiku issued this threat in a letter dated May 14 and addressed to Onochie by his lawyer Mike Ozekhome, which was made available to BusinessDay on Sunday, even as the former Vice President decried the association of his name with terrorism by Onochie, who claimed in a series of tweets that the Wazirin Adamawa is on the watch list of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which was published on various media platforms in Nigeria and abroad.

 .On May 7, Onochie had tweeted that the former vice-president was on a United Arab Emirates (UAE) watch list. “Atiku on UAE watchlist- Security sources.”  “Security operatives in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are keeping a close tab on a former Nigerian Vice Pres Atiku Abubakar who has been in the Middle East nation for several weeks now What is he doing there? “Me: Shopping for Terrorists?” she tweeted.

Ozekhomein his letter to Onochie said, “your odious publication is clearly also aimed at rubbishing our client’s image and reputation.”

“It has caused him national and international backlash and embarrassment and done incalculable damage to him. “Your publication has also caused our client, in the eyes of reasonable members of the public, unspeakable odium, obloquy, hatred, ridicule and psychological trauma.

“He has thereby been subjected to the shame and infamy of being viewed by members of the public as not only corrupt, but as a terrorist and sponsor of terrorism. … Read More...

Jonathan, Atiku pay tribute to Yar’Adua on 9th anniversary of his death

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan has showered tributes on late former President Umoru Musa Yar’Adua on the occasion to mark the 9th anniversary of the passing away of the late President, who died in office on May 5, 2010.
In a series of tweets confirmed from his official Twitter handle @Goodluckjonathan, the former President  said that Yar’Adua brought peace and lived peace in the country and nurtured democracy in Nigeria.
” He used the opportunity he had in public service to build bridges of love, foster unity and give hope to Nigerians.
“Yar’Adua was a man of integrity with a humble spirit who always took upon himself the burden of national reconciliation, peace building and democratic consolidation.
“On this day nine years ago, I lost a friend, colleague, brother and boss. He was a selfless leader, who placed national interests above personal and ethnic gains”, Jonathan said.

Also, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has hailed late former President Umoru Musa Yar’Adua on the 9th anniversary of his death, describing him as a ” man of peace and a leader with a vision”.

The late Yar’Adua died in office after a protracted illness diagnosed as accute pericarditis in May 2010 and was buried in his home state of Katsina. Yar’Adua was elected President in 2007 after serving as the governor of Katsina State, he was succeeded by his then deputy, Goodluck Jonathan.

Atiku in a statement he personally signed on Sunday,made available to BusinessDay by his Media Adviser, Paul Ibe, said the late President Yar’adua was a man he was closely connected to.

” First, because his late brother, the great Tafida of Katsina, Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, was my political mentor who taught both myself and Umaru, the ropes in politics.

“Obviously, with Umaru, the apple did … Read More...