The Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections, Atiku Abubakar , has disowned campaign posters titled “The Pukka’’ that festoon some of the major streets of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja .
Atiku disowned the posters in a statement issued by his media adviser , Mr. Paul Ibe, on Wednesday.
Pukka, an Hindi word , means “ authentic , genuine , sure , solid and excellent . ”
The posters boldly carry Atiku’ s portrait and the message , ‘ HE Atiku Abubakar GCON , The Real and The Right , ’ with a web address www . deservation. org, which the News Agency of Nigeria found belongs to a group of the same name based in Magaji/ Sanda Ward in Yola, Adamawa State.
Reports gather in Yola confirmed that the posters have also appeared on some streets in the capital of Adamawa , Atiku’ s home state.
Dr . Sani Adamu , director-general of the ‘ Atiku Deservation Group , ’ an Atiku Abubakar campaign group , claimed the group was not waging a political campaign or breaching the campaign rules of the Independent National Electoral Commission.
“ Our attention has been drawn to posters of Abubakar , presidential candidate of PDP in the 2019 election being circulated in Abuja , ” said Paul Ibe in a statement .
“ We disassociate the former Vice President of Nigeria from the said posters in circulation .
The campaign season is over . The tainted electoral victory by the incumbent is being challenged in court .
“ We refuse to be distracted , which is exactly the objective of our opponents , but to remain focused on diligently pursuing our election petition with a view to retrieving the stolen mandate . ’’
Ibe , earlier in an interview with NAN , said that the posters had nothing to do with the just- concluded elections and that the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation had no connection with it .
“ I have not seen the posters . I am just hearing it from you .
We are not aware of it . Whatever it is, it is not connected to the PDP campaign organisation .
“The campaign season has long been over ; but following the electoral hype by the All Progressives Congress , Abubakar , as a democrat , has submitted himself to the electoral tribunal to decide on matters arising from the concluded election . ’’
A search on the web address (www . deservation. org ) shows Atiku Deservation Movement (Project 774 for Atiku 2019 ) with RC 1167591 with the contact Magaji/ Sanda Ward Yola South Adamawa State as well as phone number and a mail address .