Prince Kassim Afegbua, the media spokesperson to the former President, General Ibrahim Babangida, has been invited by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to submit himself to the police over statement credited to his principal calling on Nigerians to vote out President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 presidency.
According to reports by The Nation, the issuance of arrest warrant was made known by a source at the presidency on Sunday.
Afegbua in a statement purportedly issued on Sunday on behalf of Babangida had quoted the former President saying that President Muhammadu Buhari should not seek for reelection in 2019.
But the former President, in a counter statement issued to the press few hours later, denied issuing such a statement.
The authenticity of such statement, was however, thrown into doubt when Kassim Afegbua appeared on a Channels Television Programme Sunday Politics, standing by the earlier statement made by his principal, claiming the former President, Ibrahim Babaginda, called him standing by his first statement.
He said, “But I have since spoken to him; he called me and said, that statement stands. The kernel of that statement should inform public discourse and not necessarily people personalising it as if it were to be against the sitting president.
“So, the statement stands and I have since communicated to all the media houses that they should respect that statement as coming from IBB. It did not emanate from my head. We sat down, we discussed and articulated them and we put them into perspective,” he said.
The Presidency source, according to the Nation, who does not want his name in print, said that the IGP has ordered for the arrest of Kassim Afegbua for allegedly issuing a fake statement.
Afegbua was advised to submit himself to the force headquarters within 24 hours or face arrest.