2023: Atiku Has No Business Running For Presidency, Fani-Kayode Blasts
By Augustine Akhilomen
…Says He’ll Expose Ex-VP’s Corruption Activities
…As PDP Dismisses Graft Allegations Against Atiku
The Director of Special Media Projects/New Media of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council, Femi Fani-Kayode, has said the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PD), Atiku Abubakar, is not fit to vie for the Presidency let alone become President.
Fani-Kayode made this known on the backdrop of an allegation by one Michael Achimugu, that PDP presidential candidate used Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) to siphon funds for himself and his former boss, Olusegun Obasanjo, during his time as Vice President between 1999 and 2007.
In a series of tweets via his verified Twitter handle on Tuesday morning, Fani-Kayode stated that the PDP flagbearer has no busniess running for presidency.
The former Minister noted that the former Vice President cannot claim to enjoy any form of immunity under the guise of being a presidential candidate.
Fani-Kayode said the APC campaign council demanded the investigation, arrest, and prosecution of Atiku as a consequence of the shocking revelations of corruption made by Achimugu.
According to the former minister, the APC campaign council will not rest on its quest to ensure that Atiku and those around him are fully exposed for their alleged corruption.
He wrote: “The Directors of the four Media Directorates of the Tinubu/Shettima PCC together with the Special Advisor to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Media had a very well attended joint World Press Conference at the Presidential Campaign Headquarters in Abuja yesterday.
“We demanded the investigation, arrest, and prosecution of Atiku Abubakar as a consequence of the shocking revelations of corruption made by his former Special Assistant, Mr. Michael Achimugu, and as a consequence of Atiku’s own confession of “stealth corruption” and the stealing of public funds through SPV’s which was recorded on an audio tape. In our view, Atiku has no business running for the Presidency let alone becoming President.
“The press conference went very well and we shall not stop there in our quest to ensure that Atiku and those around him are fully exposed for what they are.”
Meanwhile, PDP has dismissed graft allegations by the ruling party against its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
A joint Directorates of the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, at a world press conference on Monday, called for the arrest and prosecution of Atiku, over an alleged illegal account tagged: “Special Purpose Vehicles” SPVs, which he operated when he was vice president between 1999 and 2007.
in a petition dated January 16, the spokesperson and Director General of the Campaign Council, Festus Keyamo, asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC), and the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), to arrest Atiku for money laundering, breach of the Code of Conduct Act, conspiracy, criminal breach of trust and misappropriation.
While relying on a purported claim of a whistleblower, Keyamo alleged that the former vice president colluded with his then boss, President Olusegun Obasanjo and cronies to syphon public funds.
But the PDP described the claim as “simulated allegations” and attempts to divert public attention from the issues affecting Nigerians, Bola Tinubu’s atrocious record, and the vexatious misrule of the APC.
National Publicity Secretary of the party, Debo Ologunagba, in a statement, said it was ironic that Tinubu, who is beleaguered by uncountable cases of fraudulent activities including perjury, forgery, treasury looting, corruption, and narcotic-related conviction can attempt to impugn the integrity of Atiku.
“It is indeed ironic that an embattled Tinubu, who is beleaguered by uncountable cases of fraudulent activities, including perjury, forgery, treasury looting, corruption and narcotic-related conviction can attempt to impugn on the unimpeachable integrity of the PDP Presidential Candidate.
“For clarity and for the interest of Nigerians, it is on record that Atiku Abubakar is one of the most investigated public officials in this country. It is also on record that in all the investigations undertaken over him and his affairs, Atiku Abubakar was never found culpable in any of the allegations.
“In contrast, however, the APC Presidential Candidate has a litany of confirmed legal impediments on very grave issues including those that border on international crime, namely; trafficking in narcotics and taking proceeds of narcotics.
“In the recent case revealed in the United States of America, it is on record that the APC Presidential Candidate forfeited the sum of $460,000, which was confirmed and found to be proceeds of trafficking in narcotics; an international crime for which Nigeria, being a signatory to International Convention on trafficking in narcotics is obliged to enforce.
“The effect of the conviction and forfeiture of the sum of $460,000 by Asiwaju Tinubu confirms that he is ineligible and not qualified to contest for the Office of the President of Nigeria as required by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).
“For clarity, Section 137 (1) (d) of the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) provides that:(1) “A person shall not be qualified for election to the office of President if…
“(d)He is under a sentence of death imposed by any competent court of law or tribunal in Nigeria or a sentence of imprisonment or fine for any offence involving dishonesty or fraud (by whatever name called) or for any other offence, imposed on him by ANY COURT or tribunal or substituted by a competent authority for any other sentence imposed on him by such a court or tribunal”.
“Having been convicted, sentenced and fined for narcotic trafficking in a criminal suit filed pursuant to the United States Criminal Code, Asiwaju Tinubu cannot by virtue of Section 137 (1)(d) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) seek office as President of Nigeria.
“The APC Presidential Candidate has not come out to deny the conviction and forfeiture or show evidence of any attempt by him to challenge or appeal the judgement, apparently believing that it will slide with time.
“Asiwaju Tinubu ought to know that time does not run against the State in a criminal matter!
“He should therefore withdraw from the Presidential race having been found ineligible and not qualified to run or to contest for the Office of the President of Nigeria under the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution”, Ologunagba added.
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Tinubu: ‘Big Lie, I Can’t Endorse Feb 25 Illegitimate Outcome Of Flawed Process, Atiku Clears Air
Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar has denied endorsing Bola Tinubu’s victory.
The All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential flagbearer defeated Atiku and Peter Obi of the Labour Party, LP, and Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP.
In a statement on Saturday, Atiku said his attention was drawn to a fake press release attributed to him, “purportedly giving legitimacy to the widely rigged presidential election”.
Atiku stressed that it did not emanate from him and should be treated with repudiation because it was contrived “by those who illegally appropriated the mandate of the people”.
The former Vice President said his lawyers still have been mandated to challenge the outcome of the February 25 poll.
Atiku reiterated his outright rejection of the “pre-determined outcome of the February 25 election” and vowed to continue to challenge the legality.
Calling it the “worst election in our democratic history”, the Wazirin Adamawa said his fight was not for personal interest but for the interest of Nigeria and its citizens.
“It is aimed at deepening democracy and ensuring that we do not confer legitimacy to an outcome of illegitimacy,” the statement added
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INEC To Issue Certificates Of Return To Governors-Elect, Others From March 29
INEC has fixed Wednesday, March 29 to Friday March 31 as days for the issuance of Certificates of Return to governors, deputy governors-elect and states Houses of Assembly members-elect.
Chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye made the declaration in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday.
“By the provisions of Section 72(1) of the Electoral Act 2022, the Commission is mandated to issue a certificate of return within 14 days to every candidate who has been returned elected under the law.
“Pursuant to the provision, the Commission has fixed Wednesday March 29, Thursday, March 30 and Friday, March 31 for the issuance of Certificates of Return to those elected on March 18.
“The presentation will take place in INEC offices in each state of the federation,’’ Okoye stated.
He added that specific dates for the issuance of the certificates would be communicated to those elected by the Resident Electoral Commissioners and Administrative Secretaries of the various states. (NAN).
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#ENDSARS: Sanwo-Olu Orders Payment Of N5m To Assaulted Uber Driver
The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has ordered the payment of N5 million compensation to an Uber driver, Adedotun Clement, who was assaulted by security operatives during an #ENDSARS anniversary rally in the state in October 2021.
Justice Ambrose Lewis-Allagoa of the Federal High Court, Lagos, had on March 14 ordered the state government and Nigeria Police Force to pay the sum while ruling on an application filed by the driver.
Clement was assaulted by police operatives and members of the Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Agency during a rally to mark the first anniversary of the #ENDSARS protest near the Lekki Toll Gate in the state.
The governor, who confirmed the development on his Twitter handle on Saturday, said he had directed the state’s Attorney- General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) to set up a meeting with the driver and pay him the compensation awarded by the court.
He reaffirmed his commitment to the rule of law in the state.
Sanwo-Olu wrote: “Good evening Lagos, as governor, I’m committed to upholding the rule of law and protecting citizens’ rights with empathy and authority.
“I recently became aware of the case involving Mr. Clement Adedotun and the judgement by the Federal High Court, and I understand the impact this legal battle has had on him.
“After reviewing Mr. Clement’s case, I’ve directed the Honorable Attorney General to set up a meeting and pay him the compensation awarded by the court.”
The governor, who confirmed that the state government has appealed the ruling, said he ordered the payment of the compensation for the good of the society.
“Although the State Government has appealed the ruling, I’ve interceded in this instance in the interest of the public good and requested that the State’s Attorney General comply with the court’s ruling.
“As a strong advocate for the rule of law, I commend all parties for seeking justice through the appropriate channels, and I remain committed to upholding the rights of all Lagosians,” he added.
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