By Emmanuel Aziken
SENATOR Khairat Abdulrazaq-Gwadabe has disowned news reports associating her with an alleged plan by some elements from the North to destroy the report of the National Conference.
Abdulrazaq-Gwadabe in a statement made available to Vanguard said the stories as published by several national newspapers represented the imagination of the writers even as she said the reports were aimed at tarnishing her image as a nation builder.
She said, “For the avoidance of doubt I wish to state without any equivocation that the report is nothing but the figment of the imagination of the reporters as it is deliberately calculated to smear my name and integrity.”
Noting that she stands on the side of patriotism, she said: “I was a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee that recommended to the government to organize the National Conference. Subsequently, I was nominated as a delegate by the grace of my colleagues in my capacity as the Chairman of the Senators Forum along with five other colleagues.
It should be noted that in pursuant to the exercise of the mantle of leadership foisted on me, I wrote to each of the distinguished senators who are delegates at the Conference to make patriotic contributions during plenary and committee meetings and deploy their rich senatorial experience to influence the final outcome of the conference for a more united and stronger Nigeria.”
Stressing that the stories were aimed at tarnishing her reputation as a nation builder, she said,“I wish to reiterate my commitment as a bridge builder to reaffirm my belief in one united and peaceful Nigeria and I will continue to do everything needful for the success of the National Conference which I have contributed immensely towards its actualisation.”