Former National Security Adviser, NSA under the Goodluck Ebele Jonathan‘s led administration, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), has described as ridiculous reports making rounds that he was involved in an anti-party activity to help President Muhammadu Buhari emerged victorious in the 2015 elections.
According to the embattled retired military colonel, upon hearing the rumours, he did not consider it serious but later saw the need to put the records straight especially in view of politics of mischief and character assassination that is, unfortunately, the norms today.
Dasuki debunked reports that he discreetly campaigned for President Buhari and the All Progressive Congress (APC) while serving as NSA under the former president in 2015.
According to him, he only engaged in an attempt to unify the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), before the 2011 general elections which later became unsuccessful.
Dasuki further maintained that he as well informed ex-President Jonathan of his moves before accepting the appointment to serve as NSA under his administration in 2012.
The former NSA statement reads; “My attention has been drawn to a false report to the effect that I discreetly campaigned for Buhari and his party, APC, while I was serving as President Jonathan’s National Security Adviser. At first, I found the report too ridiculous to take serious but on second thought, I felt it would be appropriate not only to debunk it but to put the records straight especially in view of politics of mischief and character assassination that is, unfortunately, the norms today.”
“The truth is that I was involved in an attempt at forging an alliance between the ACN, ANPP, and CPC among others prior to the 2011 elections, which was not successful. My involvement in that political process ended after the elections of 2011,” Dasuki noted.
He added, “At the point of accepting the appointment to serve as National Security Adviser (NSA) in 2012, I made it clear to President Jonathan that I had relationships with General Buhari of CPC, Tinubu of ACN and Onu of ANPP, among others opposition elements and that my appoint would not cause me to sever the relationship. I, however, assured him that I would never betray him. As a man of honour, I kept to my words.”
“Therefore, as NSA between 2012 and 2015, I never campaigned for APC or its candidate, Buhari, in whatever shape or form before, during or after the 2015 presidential election. I never worked at cross purposes with my boss, President Jonathan, as being recklessly insinuated by mischief makers on their blogs and social media,” the embattled former NSA reiterated.
Meanwhile, the Presidency has explained that the cordial relationship between President Buhari government and the National Assembly is an indication that both arms are determined to work together for all Nigerians.