Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State has warned against his name being linked to the presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar against APC presidential candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari.
Umaru Al-Makura made the statement while reacting to online reports making the rounds of secretly meeting with the PDP presidential candidate in Dubai ahead of 2019 elections. Governor Al-Makura in a terse statement signed by his Director, Strategic Communications and Press Affairs, Yakubu Laimai, denied meeting with Atiku to support his presidential ambition against Buhari.
He described the allegations as irresponsible propaganda being sponsored in Nasarawa State over 2019. Al-Makura blamed the opposition party for the report, saying the calculated attempt was designed to smear his political position in his mother-party, APC.
The statement read: “The governor has never at any given time held a closed-door meeting in Dubai, UAE, with PDP’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar over 2019 general elections as published by an online media in the state.
“The claim that Governor Tanko Al-Makura has agreed to work for Atiku Abubakar to ensure he wins the presidential polls in Nasarawa State is not only a fallacy, distraction and attempts to sow seeds of discord in APC and with President Muhammadu Buhari, but a plan by the opposition to destroy the governor’s hard-earned good records in the state.”