Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in a recent interview with CNN, says that some people think he is corrupt just because he is successful.
He noted that if he was corrupt, he would have been charged to the court or indicted.
Atiku further challenged anyone who has any evidence of corruption against him to present it.
Asked by the CNN interviewer, “Why do you think your name is linked to corruption?”
Atiku said, “I have been successful. Secondly, I have never been charged; I have never been indicted. They are all allegations. And I have asked anybody, I dared people publicly, that is, if anybody has evidence of corruption against me, let him come out.”
CNN Interviewer: “Are you corrupt?”
Atiku: “Certainly not; because if I am corrupt, I would have been certainly charged or indicted,”
On his view on gender equality, Atiku said; “As far as the party is concerned, since our inception, the PDP, we have always given women a quarter in terms of either appointments or election into party offices or in government.
“You know the PDP government, if you look at our record, we have had more women in government than any other government. This is the only government that is not PDP and it has less women in government. In my micro finance bank, I said 80 per cent of the loans should go to women. Why, because if you want to take people out of poverty, empower women.”
Interviewer: “Insecurity is a big issue in this election. Boko Haram attacks on military bases. The UN says 30,000 Nigerians have fled their villages in the north east in just two days. What are your plans if elected president, to tackle this issue?
Atiku said, “I blame the political leadership for not equipping the military and for not giving them the necessary morale. We will make sure that we have a military that is professionally competent and professionally effective and also conditions of service that can take care of themselves and also their families. Unfortunately, that is developed. I think that has brought down the morale of the military.
Interviewer: “How will you be different?
Atiku said, “We have to make sure that the military is very well equipped, very well trained and we also review the conditions of service particularly of the lower cadre who sacrifice their lives for all of us to live.”