The National Coordinator of “Atiku For Better Nigeria” (AFBN), Barrister Benita Dike-Israel has lashed out at some misinformed opposition groups who are in the habit of labeling Atiku Abubakar, a corrupt politician, warning them to desist from such mischievously myopic misconception.
Barrister Dike-Israel who leads a group of legal advocates and other professionals made this assertion in a statement made available to the press in Abuja. She reiterated that no one has the right to brazenly accuse another of guilt over a crime he or she hasn’t been convicted of.
She therefore called on opposition groups whose sole campaign mantra is “Atiku is Corrupt” to desist from such unsubstantiated gibrish targeted at maligning the hard earned reputation of the Wazirin Adamawa and focus on pertinent issues of national importance that will enhance the quality of the discourse towards the forthcoming elections geared towards producing leadership that will assuage the the hardship in the land.
She stressed further that His Excellency Atiku Abubakar has repeatedly at different public fora, debunked any involvement in corrupt practices as a public officer, the records are clearly there for all to see. She made particular reference to Atiku Abubakars’ consultations with stakeholders in Rivers and Bayelsa states in the run-off to the declaration of his presidential ambition, at which Atiku unequivocally declared in response to the misinformation making the rounds that he never at any time stole public funds while serving as a public officer, that on the contrary his outstanding success in business was rooted in his private sector initiatives.
Continuing, Barrister Dike-Israel stated that Atiku was already successful in business before going into partisan politics and subsequently becoming the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by the grace of God, stressing that Atiku’s motivation for coming into government was not to make money but to contribute his humble quota to the overall development of his fatherland.
Barrister Dike-Israel equally added her voice to the PDP Presidential candidates’ open challenge to anyone that has evidences linking the use of public funds for the establishment or running of any of his businesses which has been providing jobs for thousands of Nigerians, including the famous American University of Nigeria (AUN) to come forward with such proof or evidence.