President Muhammadu Buhari and former vice president Atiku Abubakar are set to go on collision course.
It is reported that the President is secretly investigating corruption cases leveled against Atiku by both the EFCC and ICPC during his tenure as vice President.
Atiku, suspecting the move is being plotted to stall his presidential bid in 2019, went on air to defend himself again.
According to Atiku, “Well, if Atiku Abubakar was corrupt, I would have been found guilty of corruption.
“Recall that many panels, probes and cases against me were brought before the courts.
“However, the only corruption indictment against me was a white paper which cooked up by our own administration.
“That white paper was cooked by the very EFCC that I helped found, and other cabinet ministers, which I challenged in court.
“The court rightly dismissed all those indictment as being mere political.
“I recall that Ribadu later came to ask for my forgiveness.
“I said if you want me to forgive you, go back to the same television stations and say you now realized that I am not corrupt.
“Then he said sir, ‘you have forgiven so many people who have offended you publicly, without them going to TV stations to apologize.
“Why is my own case different?’
“I said, ‘your case is different because first of all I helped to found the EFCC.
“I was instrumental to your appointment, so I believe I had contributed to your development and that is what you are paying me back with’.
“In any case, he kept apologizing and I said ‘okay’, no problem’. That closed the chapter.
“So where is the evidence of corruption?
“It’s not just fair for you to say somebody is corrupt without substation.
“Again, El-Rufai testified on TV that he worked with me as DG of Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) for four years.
“He said there was never a time I asked him or instructed him to do anything unethical in those years.
“So, how am I a corrupt person now?
“This is the same El-Rufai and others who incorporated Transcorp and offered me shares and I declined.
“I wrote them officially to it was unethical of me to have accepted those offers.
“So, where is the corruption toga coming from?” Atiku queried.