Abuja — Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has debunked the rumour that he has defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In a statement issued yesterday by the Atiku's Campaign Office, the former vice president described the defection story as malicious and false.
The campaign office of the frontline presidential aspirant for the 2019 election said he still remains a member of the PDP and a top contender for its ticket in 2019, describing the report as "a malicious attempt to confuse the public about the aspiration of Atiku ahead of the forthcoming presidential primaries election of the PDP.
"For the avoidance of any doubts, Atiku remains the frontline aspirant for the presidential ticket of the PDP," it said
According to the media office, Atiku had in the past two months moved across states in the country consulting with stakeholders of the PDP and explaining to them his agenda encapsulated in the acronym 'jobs'- Jobs, Opportunity, Being united and Security for Nigeria.
It said the former vice president would continue the nationwide consultations this week with visits to the South-west, North-west and North-central zones of the country.
"Atiku's passion and commitment to winning the PDP primaries is without any compromise and to assume that he will abandon the hard work he has done with the positive results he is getting from the stakeholders of the party is to say the least preposterous and unthinkable.
"The campaign calls on supporters of Atiku to remain steadfast and see the contrived news of defection as an attempt to distract it from the set task of winning the PDP ticket and the 2019 presidential election by the grace of God," the statement said.