The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Friday arrested two associates of Atiku Abubakar, a former Vice President and Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 elections.
According to the EFCC, the arrest of Alhaji Babalele Abdullahi, a son-in-law to Atiku and a director in his company, Uyi Giwa Osagie was connected to ongoing money laundering investigations into Atiku’s companies. The EFCC earlier arrested two of the former VPs associates in March in connection to an alleged €150 million laundered through his companies.
The counter narratives: Then, Atiku described the arrests of his associates in March as part of a pressure campaign by the Presidency to prevent him from challenging the result of the 2019 presidential election. Then Atiku said he will not succumb to blackmail. Team Atiku has maintained that the investigations lack credibility as the EFCC was acting on a phantom petition authored by a relative of First Lady Aisha Buhari.
Likewise, his party PDP has released a fresh statement condemning the arrests of the associates of their companies. The party asked the presidency to stop the harassment of its candidate.
- ““It is indeed not surprising that the APC, in its desperation, is now playing opposition, which is a role fitting of it, being that it does not have the mandate of the people; the very reason it cannot command the respect, loyalty and support of the citizens in the midst of its misrule.”
- “Let it therefore be known to the APC and the Buhari Presidency that the PDP and Nigerians stand with Atiku Abubakar in the collective national determination to retrieve our stolen presidential mandate at the court and we are confident that justice for the people will prevail at the end of the day”.
The Big Picture: Within the past week, some arrests which are believed to be connected to personalities in the Atiku camp has been staged especially by the EFCC. Recall also that Maurice Iwu, who is believed to have provided vital information to support Atiku’s case at the PEPT was also arrested and slapped with stringent bail conditions during the week.B