The presidential candidate of African Democratic Congress (ADC) in the 2019 presidential election, Dr. Obadiah Mailafia, has denied attacking President Muhammadu Buhari in a media report credited to him, describing the report as embarrassing and ‘frivolous’.
Mailafia in a statement he personal signed and issued on Wednesday, said that he was not only embarrassed by the sensational slant of the said publications titled, “I Was Told to Join APC to be Forgiven-Mailafia”, but alarmed by the rather callous debasement of journalistic ethics by the authors of the stories via an ‘interview’ which he purportedly granted them.
To put the records straight, he stressed that a group of people had approached him after a meeting of stakeholders of ADC in Abuja, held on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, adding that he made some remarks in the course of the meeting to prove to the party that his loyalty has not in any way been compromised.
Mailafia said that those who approached him for pleasantries after the meeting were members of the party, who alluded to some of his remarks at the meeting to which he reinforced of his earlier commitment and loyalty to the ADC.
He explained that he had explained to them that he had no reason to betray the ADC, and while the discussion lasted, he did not see those who were involved in that informal discussion brandishing tape recorders or other articles of trade associated with journalists, neither did they introduce themselves as such.
Mailafia stated that it was therefore embarrassing waking up Tuesday to be inundated with calls from all corners of the globe alluding to sensational headlines ascribed to his name.
He noted, “One is particularly piqued by the reference to President Muhammadu Buhari, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Although we belong to two political camps, he is still the President of Nigeria, and I hold him in very high esteem.
“I never set out to impugn the person of President Buhari, anybody or group, for that matter,” he explained.