Ex-vice president and businessman, Atiku Abubakar, has reacted to the corrupt accusations that emerged in a wake of a political feud between him and ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo. In a an interview granted to the media team of the EFCC and published in the latest edition of the anti-graft agency’s Zero Tolerance Magazine, Atiku said that he is not corrupt.
Former VP said: “I remember the only corruption indictment against me was a white paper which was cooked up by our own administration overnight 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.” Atiku also responded to accusations of corruption brought against him by the Governor El-Rufai of Kaduna state in his book Accidental Public Servant. The politician added that el-Rufai did not give any fact or prove where he 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,” he stated. “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.”
“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.” “Of course my boss, the president, investigated the story and found out that indeed every Senator got contributions from the campaign fund which I was managing. So where is the corruption in that?”
However, some Nigerians reacting to Atiku’s interview questioned his clearness: IKo Maculey: “Oga are you sure?” Abubakar Waziri: “If you are not corrupt who’s corrupt?” Aminu Sulaiman Dauda: “Atiku! Then who is corrupt?”
Suleiman Shehu Barde: “You’re one, go to US and prove your innocence where there is competent institution to handle nonentity like you. You’re relevant because, Nigeria is fantastically corrupt country. Can you please explain the source of your wealth?”
Mustapha Jamda: “Let’s check the definition of corruption again!”
Akombo Msughter: “You’re not corrupt just because you’re in APC. All APC members are Saints. Time will tell; don’t blow your trumpet.
” Sunny Attah: “You forgot so soon! The American oil company bribed you with 2 billion dollars when you were the vice president under the platform of the PDP.”
Abdul Rasheed Adamu: “Haba Atiku! You should tell us you are not HUMAN BEING It will sound better than you telling us you are not corrupt.”
On September 18, 2006, Atiku was indicted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, which alleged that he had embezzled N 71,123,250,000 in campaign funds and made different bribes.