PDP to Buhari: drop re-election bid over alleged shares in 9 Mobile Keystone Bank
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Organisation has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to drop his re-election bid over his alleged involvement in the acquisition of shares in a telecom giant, 9 Mobile, and Keystone Bank.
The President, the main opposition party said, no longer has the moral standing to seek re-election until he addresses the allegation.
The presidential candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar had, in a statement on Wednesday, accused Buhari of soiling his hands in the alleged acquisition of shares in 9 Mobile and Keystone Bank Plc.
Addressing newsmen in Abuja on Thursday, spokesman for the PDP Campaign, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the President should perish the thought of going ahead with his campaign without clearing his name.
Stating the issue borders on Buhari’s integrity, Ologbondiyan urged the President not to bring his exulted office into disrepute.
The campaign said: “The PDP Presidential Campaign challenges President Buhari to explain how his family members came about the sum of N1.032 trillion for this scandalous acquisition.
“Nigerians are not interested in mere rhetoric or attempts by the Buhari Presidency to divert public attention from the issue at hand, but demand that President Buhari, who hitherto prides himself as Mr. Integrity, squarely addresses these grave issues in person.
“This is not an issue for President Buhari’s aides to howl about in the media, it touches directly on his person, particularly his perception as a symbol of the Talakawas. He must, therefore, address them on this issue.
“It is a norm that he who comes to equity must come with clean hands. President Buhari and his family members have entangled themselves in corruption.
“Mr. President’s hands can no longer be said to be clean until he proves otherwise.
“The PPCO wants Nigerians and the whole world to note that President Buhari’s refusal to personally address this matter means consent.
“We, therefore, dare President Buhari to put forth a denial on this disclosure by our candidate and we will spare no thoughts in furnishing the public with details of his corrupt activities within and outside Nigeria.”
It added: “Our party has full details of how persons related to President Buhari, by consanguinity and affinity, have been paved the way to loot trillions of naira from government agencies for corrupt acquisition of shares in major companies, purchase expensive property within and outside Nigeria, as well as to finance their very luxury lifestyles, under Mr. President’s cover.
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“In fact, no Nigerian has made more money in the last three and half years than relations of President Buhari, many of whom have found themselves controlling stupendous wealth frittered from our economy, yet our President is asking Nigerians to get ready for more hardship in the coming year.”