The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has chided President Muhammadu Buhari over what it considered as an act of despiration resorting to sponsoring fabrication and false allegation against its party’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
The APC had stated that Atiku is exhibiting early sign of depression resulting from obvious frustration.
In a statement issued by APC spokesman, Lanre Issa-Onilu, it partly read: “Atiku should tell Nigerians why a discredited person like him should be elected as President instead of raising puerile allegations on a daily basis.”
Replying through a statement signed by PDP’s Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, he reminded President Buhari that Atiku has never been charged or indicted in any corrupt cases.
The full statement read:
President Buhari’s desperate corruption attack on our Presidential candidate, Atiku, is a mere illusion. It is unfortunate that Buhari will resort to sponsoring fabrications and false allegations against Atiku just because he is overwhelmed by Atiku’s soaring popularity.
We wish to remind President Buhari, who has been unleashing his aides to attack our Presidential candidate, that Atiku has never been charged, indicted nor convicted for any act of corruption by any competent authority whatsoever, against Atiku just because he is overwhelmed by Atiku’s soaring popularity.
Moreover, President Buhari has been in office for almost four years and has never found anything incriminatory on Atiku that can warrant his prosecution despite being hounded under the Buhari administration.
Perhaps, Buhari needs to be reminded that even the Chairman of his Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay, after their detailed scrutiny, announced that they found no evidence of corruption against Atiku , thereby absolving him of all allegations.
Furthermore, the United States Department of Justice had, in response to enquiry by a leading Nigerian newspaper in November of 2016, stated that, after scrutiny of public records, that there is no criminal case against Atiku contrary to fabrications by the Buhari Presidency.
Nigerians can also recall that on Dec.22, 2014, Buhari in praising Atiku’s immense business acumen, through which he provided employment opportunities for thousands of Nigerians, described him as an “inspiration” and a man that has rendered ‘great service to Nigeria’.
It is therefore unfortunate that President Buhari has now resorted to sponsoring fabrications and false allegations against Atiku just because he is overwhelmed by Atiku’s soaring popularity and acceptance by Nigerians as their next President.
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