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2015 Polls: I am still in the race — Atiku

By The Citizen

Atiku Media Office has debunked reports by a section of the media alleging that the APC has zoned former Vice President Abubakar Atiku out of the 2015 presidential contest following a new arrangement.

According to the statement, it quoted Atiku as saying at no time did the party's Convention Planning Committee or its recently-dissolved Interim National Executive Council (NEC) discuss the issue of zoning of elective offices outside the positions of leadership of the party which he said, were filled at the successful convention held on Friday.

   'As for the presidential ticket, the position of all organs of the party is that it is open to all Nigerians irrespective of where they come from,' Atiku said.

   The statement described as 'a hatchet job for Aso Rock' a front page lead story in today's edition of a newspaper titled 'Atiku Zoned Out', wondering why the presidency is scared of the prospect of Jonathan facing Atiku in 2015.

  It also accused the newspaper of abandoning principles and its responsibility to the public 'by uncritically accepting and mechanically reproducing editorials, opinions and reports' from the Villa.

   'Atiku's chances have never been better, given the climate of democracy and freedom in the APC', said the media office, which also disclosed that the former Vice President will any moment from now be making a pronouncement on if, when and how he will be making a declaration.

  It conveyed Atiku's appeal to all his well wishers, supporters and the general public to disregard these false reports emanating from the presidency, which are designed to deter him from offering his services to Nigerians.