The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described a group, Bauchi APC Youth Vanguard, as an appendage of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) aimed at attacking Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, its gubernatorial aspirant in Bauchi State.
This is contained in a statement issued by Felix Morka, the APC National Publicity Secretary, on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said PDP has set its hirelings on the prowl, masquerading as an APC support group, spreading hate and deception against the APC and its governorship flag bearer in the state, under the thin and false cover of ‘APC Youth Vanguard.’
Morka said, “To be clear, the purported ‘APC group’ is a phoney, unknown and bearing no affiliation, whatsoever, with our party or its registered support groups.”
He alleged that the group had launched calumnious attacks, including a spurious petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against Sadique.
The party’s national secretary said the group also attacked Sadiya Umar Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, who is Sadique’s wife.
The statement partly read: “A petition authored by one Mohammed Dikko on behalf of the group made a bogus and unsubstantiated allegation of a plot by the APC candidate to engage in acts of electoral impropriety.
“The PDP has every reason to be anxious and jittery about its rather bleak prospects in the 2023 Bauchi State governorship election because of the dismal performance of the administration.”
Morka urged the people of Bauchi State to disregard what he described as “PDP’s lies and deception, howsoever packaged.”