I will fight corruption if I become president - Atiku
- Former vice-president, Atiku Abubakar, challenges those accusing him of being corrupt to provide evidence to back their claims against him
- The APC chieftain accuses his political enemies of selling the idea that he is corrupt to Nigerians
- Atiku says he retired from the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) with unblemished records
Former vice-president, Atiku Abubakar, has said he will shock everyone by fighting corruption like never before if he ever gets the chance to become president of Nigeria.
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Atiku made the statement on Monday, September 11, during a facility tour of the new ultra-modern Yaliam Press Limited in Jabi area of Abuja, The Punch reports.
The former vice-president also challenged those accusing him of being corrupt to provide evidence to back their claims.
In a statement released by his media office, the APC chieftain accused his political enemies of selling the idea that he is corrupt to Nigerians, despite the fact that he had not been convicted of corruption by any court in the land or elsewhere.
He said: “It is sickening to continue to regurgitate allegations of corruption against me by people who have failed to come forward with a single shred of evidence of my misconduct while in office.”
“People who are bereft of ideas about entrepreneurial spirit always think that everyone else is a thief just like them.
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“Despite previous desperate efforts to link me with corruption, the William Jefferson trial in the United States ended in 2009 without indicting me or linking me to corrupt activities.”
Atiku said he retired from the Nigeria Customs Service with unblemished records and challenged anyone with evidence that he stole a kobo at the customs or during his tenure as vice-president to confront him with evidence.
“If Atiku is a thief merely because of his resourcefulness and successful investments, my political enemies should tell Nigerians the sources of their own stupendous wealth," he stated.
He said his vast experiences both in the public and private sectors and his ability to build a team capable of accomplishing the task has equipped him to fight corruption.
“I will shock everyone because I believe that I will fight corruption like never before,” he noted
Meanwhile, former deputy director of the Buhari Presidential Campaign Council, Mohammed Lawal, claimed that former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, was plotting trouble for President Muhammadu Buhari since 2015.
Legit.ng gathered that Lawal said that it was a common knowledge that Atiku was bitter after he lost the All Progressives Congress primary election to Buhari.
Lawal, who was reacting to Atiku's claim that he was sidelined after he helped Buhari into power, said that Atiku's claim was untrue and that he contributed nothing to Buhari's emergence as president, The Nation reports.
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