The result of the PDP Presidential primaries which was held over the weekend has brought about a series of attacks launched towards the winner, Atiku Abubakar. The ruling party has been on his case, trying to dissuade him from continuing on in the race for presidency.
And now, the latest of their efforts was in uncovering the source of his wealth. He has been accused of making illegal money using his companies.
The claim was made by the Buhari Campaign Organization. The association additionally said that Atiku is duping the framework in his organizations. The Buhari Campaign Organization has again shot the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, over his triumph at the party primaries on Saturday, October 6.
The director of the organization, Festus Keyamo, blamed Atiku for making his money through illicit means and duping framework. It was also reported that Keyamo while talking amid a meeting on Tuesday, October 9, said Atiku was running private organizations as a customs officer in contradiction of open administration rules.
He added that Atiku’s only successful business was Integrated Logistics Services Nigeria Limited, popularly known as INTEL. His words were, “Firstly, the myth about Atiku’s business acumen is one of the biggest and fattest lies ever sold to Nigerians. He has never run a successful business. He only has one company, which is a cash cow through which he invests in other things and that company is known as INTELS.
He acquired shares in INTELS in 1982 when he was still a customs officer which was in clear violation of the code of conduct for public officers where he acquired shares in a company that had something to do with the customs and government. The company is not run in a competitive manner but a monopolistic manner where all other persons are totally shut out. All governments in this country until now had been compromised by this company until now.”
He further noted that the American University of Nigerian owned by Atiku, is been sponsored with public funds. He stated “He has managed an economy effectively even in the time of economic recession occasioned by a terrible crash in oil prices. Under him, foreign reserves increased; he inspired investors to invest in critical infrastructure.
“He refused to retrench workers. He also released the biggest money so far for capital projects. In 2016, he released N1.2tn in capital releases and in 2017 they released N1.5tn despite an economic recession.”
You will recall that there was an earlier report made by the US concerning fraud related issues. The genuine reason Atiku Abubakar is supposedly abstaining from heading out to the United States since he lost immunity as VP of Nigeria might be associated with a US Senate report which in points of interest clarifies how the ex-Vice President abused US frail enemy of illegal tax avoidance controls to wire $40m suspect assets as a substitute into the US somewhere between 2000 and 2008 while filling in as VP.
In a 328-page report acquired on Tuesday, Atiku has tons of question marks on his head bordering on corruption, bribery and smuggling of $40m suspect funds into the US in view of discoveries from examinations completed by US Senate Permanent Subcommittee On Investigations.
Nonetheless, it was beforehand detailed that 39 political gatherings under the backing of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has declared their status to embrace Atiku as their candidate in the 2019 general elections. The parties under the umbrella of CUPP, led by the PDP said they would embrace him as consensus candidate for the election with a specific end goal to oust President Muhammad Buhari in 2019.
The CUPP, in an announcement issued late on Sunday, October 7, by its representative, Ikenga Ugochinyere, said the procedure of his appropriation would begin this week.