Atiku calls presidential bid reports ‘fake news’

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A former Nigeria vice president Atiku Abubakar has denied reports that he has declared to run in the 2019 general elections as a presidential candidate.

Atiku is a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and reports suggested that he has declared to run for the 2019 presidential poll.

The 70-year-old businessman reacted to a Nigerian publication Business Day and a political commentator Kayode Ogundamisi who posted links of news and a video via Twitter about Atiku’s presidential intent that the information is “fake news.”

Atiku denied the reports via his Twitter account.

He stated: “This #FakeNews is breaking across so many media channels, I’m wondering who sent it to them #Smile.”

Several media in Nigeria had quoted a statement claiming it was released to newsmen in the country’s capital, Abuja that the politician has declared to run for the presidency in the next general elections.

“I am Atiku Abubakar, the poor boy from Jada, Adamawa state. I am a true democrat, a believer in the rule of law and a fighter for justice and equity.

“I believe in this country. If we work together under a focused and visionary leadership, we will make this country a stable and prosperous nation.

“I have the vision, the courage, the experience to lead this country. It is time to give back. I am ready to serve.

“Atiku…Nation on a rescue mission, Proudly Atikunation, we walk together; Nigeria of our dream, think Atiku; Atikunation 2019, if not Atiku then who?” the reports quoted Atiku as saying.

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