The 17 May 2019 story was shared on the APC Newspaper Facebook page and on the page of blogger Alhassan Adam Wase.
“Former Vice President and People Democratic Party’s Presidential candidate in just conclusion Nigeria presidential election, Atiku Abubakar has been accused of paying as much as ten million dollars ($10m) to a group of high-ranking Generals to overthrow President Buhari before the inauguration of his second tenure,” the story claims.
It continues: “According to the report made available to My State News, Atiku was planning to sabotage the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.”
Abubakar lost the presidential race to Buhari in the 2019 polls, and is challenging the results in court.
No wind of fictitious report
The post has so far attracted 317 shares and 299 comments on Facebook.
One user said: “I will add 100 thousand to the money so that the overthrow will be quick.” Another added: “Atiku is desperate of power, the man Atiku can sell Nigeria in other to have power.”
But others called the post fake news.
Africa Check has asked My State News for the report quoted in the article, but they are yet to respond.
The story has also made its way to other mushroom news websites and online forums. But no major Nigerian newspaper has led with it.
‘Should have been reported by media houses’
Paul Ibe, a media adviser to Abubakar, denied the claim.
“This claim against Atiku is not true,” he told Africa Check. “If such an act happened at all, it should have been reported by media houses, not websites like the one that published the claim.”
Meanwhile, Nigeria's defence headquarters have distanced the country's armed forces from a document calling for the overthrow of Buhari’s administration. The document is allegedly being circulated by a group called Nigerian Continuity and Progress. - Jennifer Ojugbeli (28/05/19)
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