Former minister of information during Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s administration, Labaran Maku, has debunked rumours that he’s part of the plan by ex-vice president, Atiku Abubakar, and Bola Tinubu, to form a new party ahead of 2023 general election.
Currently, Labaran Maku is the national secretary of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Atiku contested the presidential election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) while Tinubu is the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Bola Tinubu, who was the former governor of Lagos State, is rumoured to be planning to contest the 2023 presidential election. Labaran Maku, on Sunday, January 12, debunked the report suggesting that he was meeting with Atiku and Tinubu to form a new party, describing it as ”fake”.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Labaran Maku spoke in Wakama, Akun development area of Nasarawa State. The former minister, however, advised his supporters and other Nigerians to disregard the information in its totality in the interest of peace.
“Please disregard such report. It’s the fakest news of the year promoted by some frightened detractors in Nasarawa state who are scared of the widespread popularity of APGA.
“I haven’t met Asiwaju Tinubu for years and I am in APGA by choice having considered all the other options.
“Just last week, there was a report on eyewitness newspaper in Nasarawa state titled ‘2023: Maku, Umbugadu talks on Consensus Reaches Advanced stage,” he said while adding that the report was targeted at causing crisis among his supporters.
Maku attributed the report to those who he allegedly stole his mandate adding that they were scared of his bright future. He also pleaded with his supporters to remain resolute ahead of future elections.
The said rumour reportedly emanated from the Nasarawa Morror and social media platforms suggesting there were talks between Labaran Maku, Tinubu and Atiku to create a new party. Although the former minister admitted holding a meeting with the two in his house.
The following names allegedly attended the meeting; former president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, Governors Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State.