You made money illegally - Buhari campaign team replies Atiku

You made money illegally - Buhari campaign team replies Atiku

- Atiku Abubakar has been accused of making illegal money using his companies

- The allegation was made by the Buhari Campaign Organisation

- The organisation also said that Atiku is cheating the system in his businesses

The Buhari Campaign Organisation has again blasted the presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, over his victory at the party primaries on Saturday, October 6.

The director of the organisation, Festus Keyamo, accused Atiku of making his money through illegal means and cheating system.

Punch reports that Keyamo while speaking during an interview on Tuesday, October 9, said Atiku was running private businesses as a customs officer in contravention of public service rules.

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He added that Atiku’s only successful business was Integrated Logistics Services Nigeria Limited, popularly known as INTEL.

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.

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“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," Keyamo said.

He further noted that the American University of Nigerian owned by Atiku, is been sponsored with public funds.

“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," Keyamo added.

Meanwhile, previously reported that 39 political parties under the aegis of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has announced their readiness to adopt Atiku as their candidate in the 2019 general elections.

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The parties under the umbrella of CUPP, led by the PDP said they would adopt him as consensus candidate for the election in order to dislodge President Muhammad Buhari in 2019.

The CUPP, in a statement issued late on Sunday, October 7, by its spokesman, Ikenga Ugochinyere, said the process of his adoption would start this week.

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