‘Atiku 100 Per Cent APC’

A close political associate of former Vice President Abubakar Atiku has dispelled insinuations that the All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader was on the verge of dumping the party.

Reacting to a newspaper report (not The Nation) attributed to Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose that Atiku and some other APC chieftains from the North would soon defect, former Kogi State Acting Governor Chief Clarence Olafemi said Fayose was only playing “true to type”, advising him to face his problems in Ekiti.

Fayose was quoted to have said that the sudden u-turn by Northern leaders in their support for the APC presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, had rattled the party ahead of the March 28 polls.

But, Olafemi, a member of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, asserted that Atiku, Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso and millions of other well-meaning Nigerians have made up their mind on the need for change, “which Fayose cannot undo”.

His words: “I am saying authoritatively that Atiku is 100 per cent APC, and if he is taking any decision like that, we his political associates will know. Fayose has enough baggage back in Ekiti. So, he should go and face it; and leave Atiku alone.”

He described the alleged endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election bid by Kogi indigenes as phantom.

He said: “March 28 will confirm where Kogi people want to go. How can Kogi endorse Jonathan when teachers are not receiving salary, local government workers are not paid and poverty is hitting hard on our people? Nigerians have made up their mind and it is too late for anybody to deceive them.”

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