APC to PDP: Atiku must face corruption and integrity test

Former vice-President Atiku Abubakar speaks during the People's Democratic Party (PDP)'s national convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on October 6, 2018. - Nigeria's main opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP) has picked Abubakar to challenge President Muhammadu Buhari who is seeking a second term in presidential polls scheduled for February 2019. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP) (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)

OrderPaperToday– The All Progressives Congress (APC) has reacted to a statement credited to the spokesperson for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, accusing senior officials of the APC-led administration of “deliberate efforts impugn on the character” of the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

In a statement released today, the acting National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena, described Ologbondiyan’s retort as “ironic and laughable” because as an editor with one of the national newspapers, he spearheaded the Special Audit/Forensic Investigation of Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) which indicted Atiku Abubakar, for the mismanagement of the funds.

According to Nabena: “The PDP spokesperson in his published report disclosed that from 1999 to 2006, Atiku’s approval for the release of $20m from the treasury and subsequent placement in Trans International Bank without appropriation and approval by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) was illegal and amounted to abuse of office.

“There are no lies here. Alh. Atiku Abubakar grapples with several other corruption indictments. This is a fact and reality he needs to deal with and come clean about.”

Furthermore, APC reiterated its earlier call for “citizens to choose from candidates that can pass the integrity and anti-corruption test.”

The Party concluded that: “When the choice is to be made, the electorate have the option of a proven and decent presidential candidate who is putting the people first and on the other hand a racketeer who will readily mortgage the country commonwealth to personal coffers and cronies.”

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