Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has disclosed that the toga of being corrupt was foisted on him by former President Olusegun Obasanjo who in his bid to be ‘President for life‘ did not spare any impediment to his ambition.
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar made this known in an interview with officials of the EFCC media team, publishers of the anti-graft agency’s Zero Tolerance Magazine.
”Well if Atiku is corrupt, he would have been found guilty of corruption by all the panels and probes and cases brought before courts.”
“I remember the only corruption indictment against me was a white paper which was cooked up by our own administration over night to including the very EFCC that I helped found and other cabinet ministers, which I challenged in court.”
”The court rightly dismissed all those indictments as being mere political; and till today nobody has ever indicted me of corruption.”
The former Vice-President also responded to allegations written by the Governor of Kaduna State, el-Rufai’s in his book Accidental Public Servant, Atiku said el-Rufai did not give any evidence or prove where I was corrupt.
”This is the same el-Rufai and others who incorporated Transcorp during my time as Vice President and offered me shares and I declined.”
“I wrote to them officially to say it was unethical of me to have accepted those offers, so, where is the corruption toga coming from.” He said.
Also on the bribe scandal of N50 million, involving Senator Ibrahim Mantu, Jonathan Zwingina and others during el-Rufai ministerial confirmation screening, Atiku said: “No, that is absolutely not true.”
“It is also on record, because I controlled campaign funds, every Senator benefited from those funds; and el-Rufai now went and said those campaign funds were meant to be bribe.”