- The President Buhari Campaign Organisation said the US justice department claimed that Atiku Abubakar has no pending case is unbelievable
- The spokesperson for the organisation, Festus Keyamo (SAN) stated this in a statement on Sunday, December 30
- The organisation, however, challenged Atiku to produce his tax receipts for 2015, 2016 and 2017 to prove his genuine intention to develop the nation
The President Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation (PMBCO) has claimed that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, sealed an alleged accusation of a serious crime in the United States.
The Punch reports that the organisation alleged that Atiku was under ‘sealed indictment’ which the US justice department could not confirm to anyone because of the nature of offence.
The spokesperson for the organisation, Festus Keyamo (SAN) stated this in a statement entitled, “When the thief is shouting thief: the case of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar,” made available to our correspondent in Abuja on Sunday, December 30.
“We have heard the lame defence that the US Justice Department said it has no pending case against Atiku Abubakar. That is only a defence for the ignorant ones. In the United States, there are indictments the Justice Department can confirm to the world.
“But there is another category of indictments known as sealed indictment that the Justice Department cannot confirm to anyone. These indictments are sealed under the orders of a judge. Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has a sealed indictment waiting for him in the US. The day he visits the US, not as a candidate in an election, he will face charges.”
PMBCO challenged Atiku to produce his tax receipts for 2015, 2016 and 2017 to prove his genuine intention to develop the nation.
“It is shocking that a man who has not been paying his personal income taxes now says he wants to get Nigerians working again — whatever that means. He is only deceiving himself and not the intelligent Nigerians that we know.”
Keyamo said it was shocking that Atiku had neither denied nor clarified allegations of crass corruption levelled against him.
“A few days ago, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, called out President Muhammadu Buhari over certain allegations of corrupt practices which the President allegedly condones in his government.
''Whilst we have repeatedly addressed each and every of the instances cited by him to show the transparent nature of the government, it is shocking that the presidential candidate of the main opposition has refused to issue a personal statement up till this minute clarifying in details his record of crass corruption and abuse of office.
“He is clearly taking Nigerians for a ride and hopes to distort the ethical revolution in public office that Nigerians clearly desire to his own philosophy of abusing public office to promote private interests. By his subliminal messages, he wants Nigerians to accept that becoming wealthy by abusing public office is not a bad thing after all.”
“With the avalanche of fake and unsubstantiated news released in the last few days, it is now clear that the PDP’s strategy in the run up to the elections is to spread fake news and make wild allegations without any proof against the President and the Vice President.
“This is clearly to divert attention from the record of crass corruption and abuse of office of their own candidate. Nigerians cannot and should not be insulted by the PDP after 16 years of looting of the nation, by now putting forward a man whose record of corruption they very much acknowledge, but would rather we all overlook it.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, is taking Nigerians for a ride with cases of alleged corruption against him.
The organisation also accused the PDP of adopting a strategy to spread fake news in the run up to the 2019 election.
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