A group, ‘Concerned Citizens of Sokoto State, has distanced itself from a claim by the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that his paternal origin could be traced to Sokoto state.
Addressing newsmen in the state, the group, led by Aminu Bala Sokoto, said the people of Wurno local government area and, by extension, Sokoto State are strongly and vehemently rejecting and dispensing Aitku Abubakar.
According to him, the former vice-president should better look for his origin elsewhere and not Sokoto State.
Mr Sokoto, who is a retired squadron leader, said: “Atiku who is now over 72 years old has never associated himself with Wurno , headquarters of Wurno Local Government of Sokoto State, where he claims his grandfather hailed from .
“His false and atrocious claim is just coming now that he is being bogged down by a protracted electoral litigation sequel to the 2019 Presidential elections.
“He is now claiming to hail from Sokoto and Jigawa States. He has forgotten that, in 2003 he had maliciously described the people of Sokoto, Kano and the other North Western States as ungrateful power zealots”.