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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

'Atiku Abubakar haunted by his corruption demons' - Nasir El-Rufai

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in his recent interview with EFCC quarterly magazine, Zero Tolerance, reacted to the allegations of corruption leveled against him by Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, in his book, "Accidental Public Servant". In the book, El Rufai accused Atiku of using his office as Vice President for corruption and self aggrandizement. 

Atiku in an interview with EFCC, reacted to El-Rufai's allegation by accusing the governor of offering him shares in Transcorp Ltd when he was still VP.  He said he turned down the offer because it was unethical for him as a VP to be a shareholder in a company formed by the government. 

Atiku says this act and many others are pointers to the fact that he is not corrupt. 

In a swift reaction to Atiku's claims, El-Rufai released a statement titled "Atiku haunted by his corruption demons". In the statement, El-Rufai denied Atiku's claims of offering him shares in Transcorp. He said Atiku has a record of spewing outright lies and innuendo against his person. 

Read his statement below

This statement is issued in response to the latest falsehoods to emerge from Alhaji Atiku Abubukar. He has a record of spewing outright lies and innuendo against my person.
As we struggle to build a law-abiding society and secure progressive outcomes for our people, we cannot allow the triumph on these shores of those who will have us move to a post-factual world. Not even from a man as practiced as Alhaji Atiku is in the dark arts of damaging other people through a campaign of lies from him and his media machine.
Therefore, I am constrained to provide a response to the fake news and irresponsible revision of recent history by Alhaji Atiku.
1. I never had anything to do with the incorporation of Transcorp. Those that established that company and fronted it like Festus Odimegwu, Tony Elumelu, Otunba Lawal Solarin and Ndi Okereke-Onyiuke are still around and alive. As such I could not have and did not offer Alhaji Atiku any shares in Transcorp. I declined the shares that were offered to me. Having done that, how could I have offered anyone shares?
2. In fact, I advised President Olusegun Obasanjo, Alhaji Atiku and then finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala not to accept the shares that were then being offered by the promoters of Transcorp. My counsel to them was based on the grounds that they would face conflicts of interest when Transcorp bids for privatization assets. At the time Alhaji Atiku and Ngozi were chair and vice-chair of the National council on Privatization, and were particularly directly involved in approving the sales of state-owned enterprises and assets.
3. It is too late in the day to try to pretend that the fiasco concerning the attempt by then Senators Ibrahim Mantu and Jonathan Zwingina to extort money from me for Senate clearance never happened. All Alhaji Atiku has just done is confirm that he paid the Senators, as I revealed in Page 139 of my book.
4. When I published The Accidental Public Servant in 2013, Alhaji Atiku unleashed his media team in a campaign of vilification. Despite the viciousness of the attacks, they did not contest or explain away his shenanigans that were detailed in the book, from the Ericsson manoeuvre, to the Abuja water treatment plant contract and his obsession with marabouts and their assurances of the political big prize. He might also consider a full reckoning for what he and his acolytes did with public funds in the PTDF imbroglio, rather than indulging the usual bold face of the Nigerian big-man.
5. As a federal public servant, my oath of allegiance appropriately stood with the Federal Republic of Nigeria, not the big men whose conduct I was privileged to witness at close quarters. People like Alhaji Atiku think that loyalty to them should be the goal of a public officer, and that it should trump the oath of allegiance to the country.
6. Our Alhaji Atiku is already running for 2019, and he thinks that he can make people like us collateral damage in his attempt to rejuvenate his image. This obsession for power inclined him to support the rebellion against the party that manifested in the National Assembly, and is continuing with obvious disrespect for the incumbent president. Everyone knows that I support and will continue to work for the success of President Muhammadu Buhari as he leads our country through tough times.
7. Everyone is entitled to rehabilitation. But that often requires coming clean with the people. Can Alhaji Atiku explain the findings in the report of the United States Senate Permanent Sub-Committee on Investigations which detailed a pattern of wire transfers of more than USD 40m from offshore companies like Siemens into bank accounts controlled by him and one of his wives. The report detailing the US Senate findings is online, as one of four case histories of foreign corruption in the USA. Alhaji Atiku should tell a better tale of why he is avoiding America.
8. Someone as obsessed by Nigeria’s presidency as he is, should clear up such matters conclusively. We wait to see how well he does with that.

32 comments:

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Iphie Abraham said...

Rufai n atiku,biko go and settle for issues. issues of you a corrupt















Lib addict#just passing#

Uju Phil said...

Look who is talking...you guys are just all the same,none is free of corruption,including the alleged corruption fighter! #Sic

livingstone chibuike said...

Both of u ar corruption its self

BONARIO NNAGS said...

Lol it's laughable to see Elrufai attacking Atiku just to position himself for presidency come 20-whenever.
Mallam start by telling us how you came about the billions you declared in your asset declaration.
You enriched yourself while you where the minister of FCT, we still recall how you crumbled Lozumba complex so that your new shopping complex opposite UTC can flourish.
You and Atiku are no good for us, but if I'm to choose, I'll choose Turakin Adamawa over you anytime anyday.
If there's going to be any change in the presidency, let that Change be Mr Peter Obi.



. ~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA LUMIA

Bonita Bislam said...

Corrupt as Atiku may be ,he's the only politician who has the common sense to invest heavily in his state.He's created massive employment to so many Nigerians from across the country through his TV Gotel station,Radio Gotel, Abti American university,Faro Juice/water industry amongst others
If every politician will still and investvin Nigeria and not stash them in some swiss account, this country would have been better

Udolisa Ugochukwu said...

Birds of the same feather

Vivian Reginalds said...

SEE THIS MUMU POT CALLING KETTLE BLACK
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

Ok

Odibe Blessing said...

It's only God DAT will answer our politicians...

Nana Luv said...

no permanent friend in politics

Anonymous said...

Still is a very silly man who thinks Nigeria would elect a corrupt politician like him into the presidency. Pmb maybe making some errors here & there, we will never elect you as president. I wish the country would have the guts to have you tell us how you made money.

christie benjamin said...

The downfall of APC is near!

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ike manuel said...

Kettle calling pot black.. Two Evil men

Na me talk am!

Long Live Lib!!!

Anonymous said...

conflict of interest here. where as Atiku wants to go for a diff party El Rufai is hint to be the one to take over from PMB. let see how the politics play out here come jan 2017. LOL

PKE

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Ndgreat715 said...

Spectators are watching.

Juliet Iwuno said...

Na dem sabi mbok! Linda take note!

Chizzy Liz said...

**************************pls u both should not jux come up with una upgraded political beefs !!!!!!! Bcos dix ix d lax thing we need @ dix time ***********isi owuwa dix recession ix enough for us !!!!!!!! Don't add to it with ur noise making

Chizzy Liz said...

**************************pls u both should not jux come up with una upgraded political beefs !!!!!!! Bcos dix ix d lax thing we need @ dix time ***********isi owuwa dix recession ix enough for us !!!!!!!! Don't add to it with ur noise making

Anonymous said...

Vintage El Rufai. He won't spare you if you match on his tail. Atiku isn't saying the whole truth. He should enter USA Today and let's see what happens.
Aisha Buhari travelld to the USA and came clean.
Atikus baggage is heavy

Anonymous said...

Vintage El Rufai. He won't spare you if you match on his tail. Atiku isn't saying the whole truth. He should enter USA Today and let's see what happens.
Aisha Buhari travelld to the USA and came clean.
Atikus baggage is heavy

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Charles Ifeco said...

Same people....same old allegation..................same old accusations....................both Atiku and El Rufai are rotten palm nuts and broken mortal.....................nothing good comes out of them............





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Anonymous said...

Awww let me reach out to you now and do the little I can. Pls guys let's assist this young lady. The Lord is your strength girl don't give up help will come your way more

Emy said...

I can imagine OBJ watching the these 2 people in a predator style. Haha! drama unfolding.

Anonymous said...

The fact that corrupt people will stand with a straight face and accuse other people of corruption, is the bane of this country.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe I'm agreeing on anything with Mr.'I have my head in the sand' Bonario.

SaintAgatha said...

Lol....abeg o. leave my Bonario alone o.

SaintAgatha said...

I doubt if any of these two can convince me on the state of their cleanliness. No Not one.

Anonymous said...

One thing for sure , they were both at the house of corruption ,We just don't know who is telling the true.What a shame.

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