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Atiku Not Sick, Aide Clarifies Amid Viral Video

Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) nominee for president, is in excellent health, according to Paul Ibe, his media adviser.

In a statement made on Monday in Abuja, Mr. Ibe claimed that the video circulating questioning Mr. Abubakar’s health was the product of troublemakers who were ignorant of security procedures.

“Our attention has been drawn to a report and a video in a section of the media purporting to be of an “ailing” Abubakar being helped strapped to his car seatbelt by an aide.

“Nothing can be further from the truth. For the records, the Presidential candidate of the PDP is in robust good health,” Mr Ibe said.

He claimed that if it weren’t for the perception that it would give Nigerians—exactly what the spreaders of fake news wanted—they would not have normally responded to the trouble.

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He noted that the former vice president attended the PDP’s large gathering on Thursday in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State, in preparation for the party’s triumph in the weekend election and its governorship.

“It is important to note that protective operation encompasses all measures being put in place to ensure extreme safety of a VIP, both on foot movements, static, and on motion.

“It is the responsibility of the head of Abubakar’s security to ensure his safety before the convoy commences any movement.

“Since VIP movement entails protective driving, securing a VIP before embarking on any type of journey, be it short or long distance, cannot be overemphasised.

 “The overriding consideration at all times is the safety of Abubakar,” he said.

Given the importance of the 2023 elections, Mr. Ibe claimed that Mr. Abubakar was not opposed to examination.

“However, it is our position that such scrutiny must not be predicated on a slash and burn rogue journalism, as is the case with this contrived report,” he said.

(NAN)

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Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) nominee for president, is in excellent health, according to Paul Ibe, his media adviser.

In a statement made on Monday in Abuja, Mr. Ibe claimed that the video circulating questioning Mr. Abubakar’s health was the product of troublemakers who were ignorant of security procedures.

“Our attention has been drawn to a report and a video in a section of the media purporting to be of an “ailing” Abubakar being helped strapped to his car seatbelt by an aide.

“Nothing can be further from the truth. For the records, the Presidential candidate of the PDP is in robust good health,” Mr Ibe said.

He claimed that if it weren’t for the perception that it would give Nigerians—exactly what the spreaders of fake news wanted—they would not have normally responded to the trouble.

READ MORE: PDP Governors’ Forum Congratulates Adeleke

He noted that the former vice president attended the PDP’s large gathering on Thursday in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State, in preparation for the party’s triumph in the weekend election and its governorship.

“It is important to note that protective operation encompasses all measures being put in place to ensure extreme safety of a VIP, both on foot movements, static, and on motion.

“It is the responsibility of the head of Abubakar’s security to ensure his safety before the convoy commences any movement.

“Since VIP movement entails protective driving, securing a VIP before embarking on any type of journey, be it short or long distance, cannot be overemphasised.

 “The overriding consideration at all times is the safety of Abubakar,” he said.

Given the importance of the 2023 elections, Mr. Ibe claimed that Mr. Abubakar was not opposed to examination.

“However, it is our position that such scrutiny must not be predicated on a slash and burn rogue journalism, as is the case with this contrived report,” he said.

(NAN)

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