2023: I never met with Tinubu, Atiku – Maku
A former Minister of Information and the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the 2019 governorship election in Nasarawa state, Labaran Maku, has denied reports that he met with a leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, and the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, ahead of 2023.
Maku who is the National Secretary of APGA described the news report as fake.
He dismissed the speculation on Sunday while fielding questions in Wakama, Akun Development Area, Nasarawa State.
Maku urged his supporters and other Nigerians to disregard the reports 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’.
“Such report is fake news targeting at scattering my supporters and my well wishers.
“Yesterday, another report titled ‘Tinubu, Maku, others in talks to float new party ahead 2023’.
“That I held meeting with Tinubu, others in my country home Wakama, such report is a fake news,” he said.
Maku said that his traducers in Nasarawa were scared of his bright future, while calling on APGA supporters to remain firm and support the party to enable the party come victorious in future elections.
The former minister also urged his supporters and other well wishers not to be provoked by the fake news but to continue to be law abiding and respect constituted authorities for development to thrive.
It would be recalled that there was a report in Nasarawa Mirror and other social media platforms that the National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Tinubu, on January 10 held a closed door meeting with Maku at his Wakama country home in Nasarawa State.
According to the reports, immediate past president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, Governors Nyesom Wike, Aminu Tambuwal and Bala Mohammed also attended the meeting to float a new political party ahead of the 2023 general elections.