- Professor Itse Sagay has said that Atiku Abubakar lacks good records to run for presidency
- He said the PDP presidential candidate is making empty promises
- According to Sagay, Atiku is not a threat to President Muhammadu Buhari
The chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Itse Sagay, has said that the presidential flagbearer for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lacks records to run for the 2019 election.
Sagay said Atiku Abubakar's promises to Nigerians ahead of the 2019 election are all empty.
Speaking in an interview with Daily Independent, Sagay, said there is no basis for comparison between Atiku and President Muhammadu Buhari.
Sagay said he does not perceive Atiku as a threat to the president in the 2019 presidential election.
He added that President Buhari's record of integrity, his management of the economy, tackling challenges of insecurity especially the Boko Haram menace and his social investment programme will speak for him.
PACAC chairman said: “No. I don’t see Atiku as a threat to President Buhari. We are talking of records here. Buhari has a record extending from 1984. He has integrity, not only that, he has sustained the fight against corruption. It is unprecedented.
“We also have the social investment programme, which monies recovered from corrupt people are being applied for the improvement of the lives of the most vulnerable members of the public. The economy is going up; oil subsidy fraud has been eliminated.
“The Boko Haram militants have been seriously decimated, I can go on and on. Talking of records, former vice President Atiku has nothing to run on except the words of his mouth. So, there is no basis for comparison between the two."
Reacting to Atiku's promise to restructure Nigeria, Sagay said although that is a good campaign point, restructuring will not solve all Nigeria’s problems.
“Yes, he said he will restructure Nigeria within six months if elected president. To me, that is a good campaign point. It is good but there is no evidence that Buhari will not ascent to any form of restructuring even though he is not so positive about it."
“If you read the report of the party’s committee on restructuring, the one headed by El-Rufai, it is clear and very strong. So, the APC is committed to restructuring too and so, it is not an advantage for Atiku.
“Restructuring will not solve all our problems. What of due process, what of integrity, what of honesty, what of all the things that ensures that the state resources are applied and the resources of the state are not divided by a few people. So, all those things are important” he said.
He added that: "I don’t think Obasanjo is irrelevant. He doesn’t have more influence than myself. So, I believe Nigerians should just forget about him."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Buhari Campaign Organisation has again blasted the presidential aspirant of the PDP over his victory at the party primaries on Saturday, October 6.
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The director of the organisation, Festus Keyamo, accused Atiku of making his money through illegal means and cheating system.
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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