The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar has been asked for arrest and prosecution on suspicion of money laundering and violating the penal and criminal codes, according to the Tinubu/Shettima Campaign Organization.
In a press conference held on Monday in Abuja, the organization stated that Atiku did not have any immunity.
Dele Alake, Festus Keyamo, Bayo Onanuga, Femi Fani-Kayode, and Idris Mohammed, the organization’s leaders of the media directorates, addressed reporters and urged Atiku to withdraw his candidacy and apologize to Nigerians for allegedly using private accounts to steal money from the public treasury.
They claim that the campaign organization will use legal procedures to request that the former vice president be disqualified from the next elections due to allegations of corruption.
The news follows claims of corruption made by Michael Achimugu, a formeraide to Atiku.
According to Achimugu, the PDP leader used the Special Purpose Vehicle scheme to take money from Joshua Dariye, the former governor of Plateau State, who was found guilty of misappropriation from the Ecological Fund. President Muhammadu Buhari has pardoned the former governor. Dariye served as a governor during the same time period that Atiku served as Nigeria’s vice president from 1999 to 2007.
However, Achimugu’s assertions have been rejected by Phrank Shaibu, the SA Public Communications for Atiku, who called them “hearsay.”
“At the appropriate time, we would issue a statement,” he added during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.