APC Challenges Atiku on his health, corruption allegations

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Abuja, Jan. 11, 2023 – The All Progressives Congress (APC) has challenged Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of  Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to come clean on his health status and speak about corruption allegations against him.

Bayo Onanuga, the spokesman for the APC Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), threw the challenge in a statement issued on Wednesday.

“It’s time for Atiku Abubakar, the 76-year-old presidential candidate of the PDP to come clean over two issues beclouding his campaign.

“His health status and his scandalous confession of how he colluded with his former boss, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo to fleece the Nigerian treasury, using Special Purpose Vehicles as vice-president in 1999.

“If Atiku has some modicum of honour, he ought to have stepped down from the presidential race that he is bound to lose again,” Onanuga said.

He said that so far, there had been no notable response from Atiku’s camp about the disturbing revelation, except for a futile attempt to disown the whistleblower, Michael Achimugu, an erstwhile media consultant to the former vice-president.

Onanuga also that Nigerians were appalled that Atiku and the PDP merely shrugged off the audio leak.

He urged Nigerians to hold Atiku accountable by rejecting him at the polls in February.

“Atiku is also not talking about his health status even when his hirelings daily make futile attempts to divert public attention to his main rival by cooking up lies upon lies.

“Whereas Atiku is the candidate that Nigerians should be sorely worried about, the lies of several years and the various diversionary tactics are no longer sustainable,” Onanuga said.

Onanuga said that eyebrows were raised when Atiku did not return to Nigeria after the December holidays to continue his campaign since he left the country December 21, 2022.

“From the field of electioneering campaign, came a story by an online platform that Atiku was flown to London for treatment from his usual home in Dubai.

“The story has not been vigorously denied. We have it on good authority that Atiku indeed took ill.

“He was indeed in the UK for some medical help though handlers camouflaged that he was there on the invitation of some British officials at Whitehall,” he said.

Onanuga said that in spite of efforts by Atiku’s handlers to showcase him as healthy and physically fit to endure the rigours of the presidential campaign, pictures from rallies belied the impression.

He said that campaign pictures sometimes showed Atiku as being helped to descend steps at stadia, adding that sometimes, he walked with apparent handicap, dragging his feet.

Onanuga said that the irrefutable insight into Atiku’s health status was the revelation by his divorced wife, Jennifer Douglas in 2022 that he was admitted to a German hospital for operation, amid their bitter divorce.

“In a viral letter published in February 2022, Jennifer quoted Atiku’s self-admission that he was in Germany for medicals, which explained why he was unable to retrieve his belongings from a Dubai house that Jennifer had taken over.

“A man who wants to rule Nigeria and wants Nigerians to repose some trust in him, must immediately and honestly address these twin issues: his health and his legendary corruption.’’  (GBN)

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