According to Dino Melaye, a spokesperson for the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) presidential campaign council, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Bola Tinubu, the party’s presidential candidate, sponsored Michael Achimugu to harass former vice president Atiku Abubakar.
Achimugu, who identifies himself as a former aide to the PDP presidential candidate, accused him with embezzling money while serving as vice president of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007.
Following a call for Atiku’s arrest and prosecution for alleged money laundering and a violation of the penal and criminal codes came from the Tinubu campaign council.
Achimugu was never a personal aide for the PDP presidential candidate, according to Melaye, who on Monday rejected the accusations made against Atiku.
“Mike (Achimugu) is being sponsored by the APC, Mike is being sponsored by Bola Ahmed Tinubu and that is why they need to follow up for the project they started in Mike. Mike is not a media aide of Atiku Abubakar,” Melaye said on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Monday,
“The letters he brought online which Festus (Keyamo) is referring to are letters from support groups. It does not have the mandate of Atiku Abubakar, it is not from our campaign council and those letters were written by people that have no close ties with Atiku Abubakar.”
The PDP presidential campaign spokesperson accused the APC of orchestrating “lies from the pit of hell” having realized that Atiku is a “leading presidential candidate” for the February 25 presidential election.
According to Melaye, Atiku remains the most investigated Nigerians as of today but has never been indicted or tried for corruption by any court in the country.
Labelling Achimugu as a “blackmailer” who has three ongoing cases of blackmail in court, Melaye said neither him nor anybody from the PDP Presidential Campaign Council would again comment on the issue as they intend to focus on more serious issues concerning the upcoming election.