Atiku Abubakar is ill and receiving treatments at a hospital in Dubai, his political associate, Abdullahi Sugar, has said.
Mr. Sugar told journalists in Kano that reports that Atiku was holding political meetings outside Nigeria to upstage President Muhammadu Buhari, is the handiwork of some disgruntled elements.
He said the detractors have lost focus and are attempting to achieve cheap political points through blackmails and hypocrisy.
There had been reports that Mr. Atiku held political meetings in Dubai with the intent of upstaging President Muhammad Buhari in 2019.
But Mr. Sugar said those peddling the news are people who Mr. Atiku supported to attain political positions and are now paying him back with evil.
Mr. Sugar condemned what he described as attempts to jeopardize the fruitful relationship that exists between Mr. Atiku and President Muhammad Buhari, saying they will not succeed.
“Atiku has nothing to hide and also had achieved greatness in life that would be difficult to take away.
“Atiku Abubakar wants to see peace reigning in his north eastern part of Nigeria and the overall development of the nation,” he said