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Atiku’s trip to Europe amid Campaign generates controversy

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The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party and former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, has traveled to Europe.

The former vice president left the country hours after he met Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.

There are reports that the PDP candidate left the country to seek medical attention, but Paul Ibe, his spokesman, denied this, saying Atiku went on a business trip.

“The former Vice President traveled last night on a scheduled trip to meet with the technical partners of one of his business entities that was impacted by the Covid-19 global lockdown and the consequent economic downturn.”

“The meeting will also focus on conclusive discussions for a planned expansion of its production facility,” Ibe said in a statement.

The spokesman did not disclose the particular country that Atiku went to.

However, Femi Fani-Kayode, a former minister of aviation and chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has alleged that Atiku Abubakar is critically ill.

Fani-Kayode made the allegation in a post on his official Facebook page on Tuesday evening.

The former minister, who is the director of new media, Bola Tinubu-Kashim Shettima Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), said Atiku collapsed shortly after landing in Abuja from Kaduna, adding that he complained of severe pains all over his body.

The PDP Presidential Candidate kicked off his campaign in Akwa Ibom State last week and the trail was in Kaduna on Monday.

His supporters had been attacked by thugs at the venue of the rally, a development he frowned at and called on President Muhammadu Buhari to caution other parties and their supporters to abide by the peace accord.

When Atiku flagged off his campaign, one of his main rivals in next year’s election, Tinubu, was in Europe. The PDP had used this as a talking point, saying the absence of the ruling party’s candidate in the country at the commencement of campaign shows he is not prepared to lead.




About Charles Igbinidu

Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

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