The Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation (PPCO) has described as laughable, the federal government’s plan to interrogate its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, over the collapse of Bank PHB.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had said that Atiku will be questioned on his return from the U.S. over his alleged role in the collapse of former Bank PHB.

Mohammed, who made the allegation in Abuja on Friday, added that the former Vice-President benefited from N156 million ‘slush funds.'

The minister said that the money was through the Claremont Management Services Account on 13th January, 2009.

In its reaction, the PDP in a statement released on Friday, said President Muhammadu Buhari is afraid that Atiku is coasting to victory in the February 16 Presidential election.

The statement read: “While we understand that President Buhari and his dysfunctional All Progressives Congress (APC) are jittery over Atiku Abubakar’s soaring popularity ahead of the elections, it is reprehensible that Mr. President will descend abysmally low to fabricate outright lies and falsehood in a bid to discredit a more qualified and acceptable Presidential candidate.

“The PPCO makes bold to state that Atiku Abubakar has nothing to do with the alleged issues leading to the collapse of Bank PHB, but an honest and hard working Nigerian who has no skeleton of any sort in his cupboard, unlike President Buhari, who is now entangled in series of corruption allegations.

“For emphasis, even the Chairman of President Buhari’s Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay, had since told the world that the Buhari Presidency has searched everywhere and could not find anything incriminating on Atiku Abubakar.

“Nigeria’s gifted Radiologist, Prof Obaro, gets life-achiever award in UK The world already knows that this attempt to mudsling our Presidential candidate is coming out of President Buhari’s frustration over Atiku Abubakar’s successful outing in the United States, for which the Buhari Presidency has gone into full hallucination.

“This is in addition to their frenzied face-saving effort to divert public attention from President Buhari’s humiliating appearances in the respective rallies and Television shows he has had.

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“The PPCO however, counsels President Buhari and the APC to note that Nigerians can see through their lies, fabrications and frustration and that their scheme against Atiku Abubakar is already dead on arrival.

“If anything, the PPCO will want President Buhari to open the books and provide an explanation for the N9 trillion stolen under his watch as Minister of Petroleum Resources as detailed in the leaked NNPC memo.

President Buhari should as well, allow an open inquest into the alleged involvement of his relations in the N1.032 trillion alleged corrupt acquisitions in 9Mobile and Keystone Bank PLC.

“Finally, the PPCO states that the PDP Presidential candidate, our great party and indeed all Nigerians, who have already reached a national consensus to vote-in Atiku Abubakar as the next President of our country, will not be distracted by this unfounded allegation by the rejected President Buhari and his handlers.”

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