The Buhari Media Organisation in a statement on Sunday accused former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of plotting to bring illicit funds into Nigeria ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The statement was issued on Sunday by the Chairman of the group, Niyi Akinsiju, and the Secretary, Cassidy Madueke.
The group alleged that Atiku, who is the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had arranged a grand plot to bring money stashed away abroad into the country with a view to outspending the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
BMO further urged the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and other agencies to be on alert for cross-border movement of huge sum of cash in dollar.
“We have it on good authority that the PDP and its presidential candidate are making efforts to bring in public funds, including those from recent sales of assets in Angola which were acquired with illicit funds.
“We also know that the former vice president has made promissory transaction commitments on a number of strategic national assets, including the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and a percentage holding in the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas to a foreign syndicate,” it said.
“It is clear to Atiku Abubakar and the PDP elements that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has put in place a system that has made it difficult for the type of the situation in 2015 where former Petroleum Resources Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, could warehouse $115,000,000, which was then shared among party officials to influence electoral officials.
“So these opposition elements are now working out a more crooked way of bringing in money through the borders in order to circumvent the system before and during the February 2019 elections.”
It is Buhari who has history of smuggling looted cash
Mr. Atiku however in his reply through his aide, Mr. Paul Ibe, noted that it was Buhari who had a history of bringing looted funds into the country.
Ibe further described the allegation as another infantile outburst that tells more about the accuser than Atiku Abubakar.
“History shows that rather than smuggle in looted cash, Waziri Atiku Abubakar prevented looted funds from being smuggled into Nigeria.”
“In 1984, it was Atiku Abubakar, as head of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Command of the Nigerian Customs and Excise Department, that stopped the ADC of the then Military Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, from smuggling in 53 suitcases of looted money into the country.
“it is Muhammadu Buhari who has a history and a record of smuggling in looted funds while Atiku has a history of preventing such from happening.”