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Former Nigerian vice-president, Atiku Abubakar / Twitter

Former Kaduna State Governor Ahmed Makarfi has denied making any statement against former Vice President Atiku Abukakar.

He was reacting to a report that qouted him as saying he did not need money to defeat the vice president.

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In a statement by his spokesperson, Mukhtar Sirajo, the former lawmaker said he maintains a cordial and mutually respectful relationship with Atiku.

The statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to some news headlines making the rounds to the effect that he said he didn’t need money to defeat Atiku Abubakar in the quest for PDP presidential nomination.

“We want to categorically state that that could just be an inference drawn by the reporters from the answer the distinguished senator gave to one of their questions during his engagement with them.

“The question had to do with what they considered his relative disadvantage in a contest that required funding and in which more financially loaded aspirants were involved.

“Makarfi’s answer, which did not mention Atiku’s or anybody’s name was that one did not need to be loaded to lead and went on to cite examples of previous and even current leaders who had no money when leadership beckoned on them.

“For the avoidance of doubt, Senator Makarfi wishes to make it clear that he holds former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar in very high esteem and that the relationship between them is very cordial and mutually respectful.”