Olusola Elijah

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the February 2019 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, has accused the President Muhammadu Buhari led government of its desperation to frame former President Olusegun Obasanjo in order to stop him from criticising the administration

Atiku made this known in a statement issued by his media office.

He also alleged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of feeding members of the media with deliberate falsehoods in an attempt to cause disaffection between him and Obasanjo on one hand, and between Obasanjo and Nigerians in general.

He said “The truth is that there is desperation on the part of the current administration to rope in former President Olusegun Obasanjo into a crime as a way of silencing his voice, which they see as the preeminent critical voice against the misrule that they have foisted on Nigerians.

“Atiku stated that for the avoidance of doubt, his son – in – law , Mallam Babalele Abdullahi, did not donate any money in cash to the Olusegun Obasanjo Library.

“He said it is true that Abdullahi
facilitated the donation of N50 m to the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library.

“He added that many other individuals, including civic – minded traditional rulers, state governors, bankers and captains of industry also donated to the library.”

Atiku further revealed that in attempt to bring Obasanjo into a crime, Buhari’s government officials allegedly asked the Federal Inland Revenue Service to “falsely and libellously” include Obasanjo Farm in a published list of tax evaders, along with the names of other Peoples Democratic Party sympathisers.