By Myke Uzendu and Ralph Christopher
A former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.), has said that as the NSA between 2012 and 2015, he never campaigned for the All Progressives Congress (APC), nor its candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, in whatever shape or form before, during or after the 2015 presidential election.
In a statement he issued on Sunday, Dasuki, said he was only involved in the unsuccessful attempt at forging an alliance between the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), prior to the 2011 elections.
According to him, “my involvement in that political process ended after the elections of 2011” and not afterwards.
The erstwhile NSA to former President Goodluck Jonathan, debunked media reports that he discreetly campaigned for Buhari and his party APC, while serving as Jonathan’s Security Adviser.
He said: “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 are unfortunately the norms today.”
At the point of accepting the appointment to serve as NSA in 2012, Dasuki said he made it clear to President Jonathan that he had a relationship with (then) General Muhammadu Buhari of CPC, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu of ACN and Chief Ogbonnaya Onu of ANPP, among other opposition elements, and that his appointment would not cause him to sever the relationship.
“I however assured President Jonathan that I would never betray him. As a man of honour, I kept to my words. I never worked at cross purposes with my boss, President Goodluck Jonathan as being recklessly insinuated by mischief makers on their blogs and social media,” he said.
N online media, PRNigeria, gathered that the ‘slanted’ and ‘mischievous’ reports by some bloggers emanated after an interview of a former chieftain of the defunct CPC, Dr. Bashir Kurfi, was published by a national newspaper, last month.
It stated that “Dr Kurfi, a university lecturer, in the interview which is being misrepresented on some social media, only said that Colonel Sambo Dasuki among others introduced General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) to the then Leader of ACN, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu on the planned political alliance prior to the 2011 presidential election.
“Kurfi explained that together with Dasuki, Adamu Adamu, current Minister of Education; Kabir Yusuf, the publisher of Daily Trust; and Wada Maida, former Chief Executive of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN); they visited the APC National Leader (presently) in Lagos, before the 2011 polls”.