Aso Rock has refuted media reports that President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a raid on the Abuja home of son of the presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, said on Monday that equally untrue was the report that the bank accounts of Atiku’s running mate, Peter Obi, have been frozen by the anti-graft agency.
The raid on Aliyu and Mustapha, Atiku Abubakar’s residence at Maitama on Saturday came a day after claims emerged that Obi, had his bank accounts frozen by federal authorities.
The two anti-graft agencies, EFCC and ICPC, had reportedly denied freezing Obi’s accounts.
Shehu said in a statement in Abuja that the stories were peddled by the PDP, which he accused of mischief with its “growing expertise in fake news”.
According to the spokesman: “The story about the raid ‘ordered by Buhari-led government’ on the home of PDP Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar’s son and the fairy tale on the alleged blockage of the bank accounts of the running mate, Governor Peter Obi and his family are both untrue, and should be dismissed as just another manifestation of the PDP’s growing expertise in fake news.
“Nigerians must be becoming wary by now, of a political party with absolutely nothing to offer in the coming elections and has instead, transformed into a knight in shining armor, slaying the truth.
“In this so-called transformation, PDP has changed into nothing but to a ceaselessly flowing stream of fake news.
“It is impossible to find in Nigeria today, anyone propagating fake news more than the PDP. Our advice to Nigerians is: ignore them.”
*It’s dirty politics to deny invasion – PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) Presidential Campaign Organization (PPCO) has described as ‘dirty politics’, attempts by the Presidency to deny the invasion of the home of the sons of its Presidential candidate, by the EFCC.
They also described as “vicious, outrageous, dirty and reprehensible”, the denials of the freezing of the accounts of its vice presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
The party described the incident as ‘wicked politics’ that the APC and the Buhari Presidency are importing into the polity, urging all Nigerians, particularly the youths, to rise in condemnation of these vicious acts.
The Spokesperson of its Presidential Campaign Organization, Kola Ologbondiyan said “the invasion of the home of Aliyu and Mustapha, even in their absence, allegedly in search of imaginary cache of foreign currency, has further exposed how depraved the Buhari Presidency has descended in their desperate plot to harm, traumatize and malign the character of our presidential candidate and his family.
“It is indeed appalling that the Buhari Presidency can now go as low as engaging in wicked politics of chasing after family members of a presidential candidate, who are neither government officials, government contractor nor involved in any underhand dealing, but young students pursuing their legitimate personal educational careers without ill will to anybody.
“While nothing incriminating was found in the apartment, the PPCO has been made aware of how the squad, said to be acting on ‘orders from above’ ransacked the house and destroyed valuables belonging to Atiku’s children and we demand an explanation from the leadership of the EFCC”.
Ologbondiyan insisted that last week, all transactions in bank accounts belonging to the PDP vice presidential candidate, Peter Obi, his wife, his family members and their businesses were stopped by agencies of the Buhari presidency on account of imaginary investigation.
“PPCO counsels the APC and the Buhari Presidency to come to terms with the fact that Nigerians have moved beyond them and that no amount of intimidation, harassment or attack on its candidates, leaders and their families will stop Nigerians from voting them out of office, come 2019 and electing its candidate, Atiku Abubakar,” he said.