Bwala, A Hired Spokesperson, Not My Aide — Atiku To Media

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With one of his spokespersons during the 2023 presidential election, Daniel Bwala, regularly regaling on social media with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has urged the Nigerian media to stop referring to the Borno State-born lawyer as his aide.

Distancing himself from Bwala, who was his strong ally and came down hard on President Bola Tinubu when he was a member of the Atiku/Okowa Presidential Campaign Organisation, Atiku said he should no longer be described as his former aide.

The Wazirin Adamawa said in a statement released by his media office on Tuesday that Mr Bwala is not and has never been his aide beyond his roles as a spokesperson for his presidential campaign between 2022 and early 2023.

The statement by Atiku stated thus; “Bwala offered his services and support to the Atiku/Okowa Presidential Campaign Organisation as a spokesperson – and it was a position he held during the last presidential campaign. Subsequently, and after the election, the need for a campaign spokesperson has terminated, and Bwala has moved on with his career.

“This, therefore, serves as notice to the media and the interested public to desist from defining Bwala as an ex-aide of Atiku Abubakar. We duly urge the public to henceforth recognize, introduce, and define Daniel Bwala by his current vocation and alliance.”

“It is important that the media and the general public take corrective note of defining Mr Daniel Bwala as an aide to His Excellency Atiku Abubakar,” the statement from Atiku’s media office read in part.

Atiku’s statement is coming amid growing rapport between President Bola Tinubu and Bwala whom many have accused of suddenly transforming from being an unsparing attacker of presidential candidate Tinubu and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), during the electioneering campaigns to being an apostle of his policies after Tinubu’s inauguration as Nigeria’s president.

Expectedly, Bwala’s public support for the Tinubu Presidency on social media and several national Televisions earned him privileged meetings with the president within and outside the country in January. Specifically, on January 11, 2024, Bwala received an invitation to the Presidential Villa as guest of Mr president.

Emerging from that sudden visit, the lawyer cum politician told State House correspondents that he was committed to working for President Tinubu and had no apologies for his action, adding; “In the last few days, I have been expressing my surprise and appreciation to the president for the decisions he is taking. So this is not about political parties. And you need to know that like I said, I was with him before I left”.

Shortly afterward, Bwala went on TV claiming that Atiku was informed of his plan to meet Mr Tinubu and also updated after returning from the Presidential Villa, disclosing that the former Vice President replied to his message, saying; “Thanks for notifying me”.

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