The Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has dismissed allegation that he used his position in the Nigeria Customs Service to perpetrate acts of corruption.
Abubakar made the remark on Wednesday in Abuja at a town hall meeting organised by the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Daria Media with support from the MacArthur Foundation.
The town hall meeting tagged, ‘The Candidates’ is a two-hour televised series which features presidential and vice presidential candidates of four leading political parties.
The parties were selected from the results of multiple polls aggregated by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD).
The Customs allegation followed the controversial importation of 53 suit cases into the country in 1984 by a first class traditional ruler in the North.
Abubakar was the Customs Officer in Charge of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport when the suit cases were brought into the country.
He also refuted allegations that one of his wives had a case of money laundering to face in the United States of America, and could therefore, not travel abroad since the allegation.
“My wife has not been indicted and she has not been charged, so there is no way you can hold her accountable, she has been traveling to America very often,” he said.
The PDP presidential candidate stressed that he had the experience to ensure the development of the country and make it the envy of other nations.
According to him, the present All Progressives Congress (APC) administration has not been able to deliver on its three cardinal campaign promises in 2015, which included security, economy and fighting corruption.
Abubakar said that he is the bridge between the future and the present, stressing that he had all it would take to get the country working again.
Peter Obi, Abubakar’s running mate and a former governor of Anambra, who also featured at the town hall meeting, said Atiku had the capacity to address the country’s growing unemployment statistics.
“If you look at his cumulative experience, his age notwithstanding, you will agree with me that he had what it will take to address the country’s developmental challenges,” he said.
Obi also refuted allegations that as governor of Anambra, he used his position to register a company with most of his family members as shareholders, saying he left large sums of money in the state account at the end of his tenure.