Count me out of Senate, AGF row – Atiku

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Muideen Olaniyi

It’s not within Atiku Abubakar’s power to in­ter­vene in sup­port of the Senate or the At­tor­ney Gen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion (AGF) when his in­ter­ven­tion is not sought, Mazi Paul Ibe, the Me­dia Ad­viser to the for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent said yes­ter­day in Abuja.

Ibe said this in a state­ment is­sued in Abuja to deny the state­ment be­ing at­trib­uted to the for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent in a sec­tion of the me­dia, over the bat­tle of supremacy be­tween the Senate and the AGF.

He said the chief­tain of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) was taken by sur­prise by a pur­ported state­ment be­ing at­trib­uted to him and quoted by the me­dia.

Ibe re­called that the last time Atiku Abubakar is­sued a state­ment on Na­tional Assem­bly mat­ters was on July 2, 2015, when he called for an am­i­ca­ble res­o­lu­tion of cri­sis of con­fi­dence that arose from the elec­tion of prin­ci­pal of­fi­cers, which bit­terly di­vided the party lead­ers and their sup­port­ers. That state­ment was ti­tled “It is time to shift ground and move to the cen­tre.”

He, how­ever, dis­owned any re­cent state­ment either in sup­port of the Senate or the AGF.

His me­dia ad­viser ex­plained that though the Tu­rakin Adamawa didn’t wel­come any row be­tween the ex­ec­u­tive and leg­is­la­ture, his July 2, 2015 state­ment over in­ter­nal party ten­sion should not be twisted, re­worked and at­trib­uted to him in order to make it look like he made a re­cent com­ment on the cri­sis be­tween the Na­tional Assem­bly and the AGF.

He ad­vised mem­bers of the me­dia to treat peo­ple fairly by not at­tribut­ing to them state­ments they didn’t make.

He also cau­tioned against dredg­ing up old state­ments and mak­ing them ap­pear like re­ac­tions to cur­rent is­sues which have no bear­ing on each other.

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