Atiku: I Have Evidence Of How Buhari’s Cronies Acquired Shares In Keystone Bank, 9mobile

Atiku Abubakar, the 2019 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says he is in possession of evidence showing how cronies of President Muhammadu Buhari acquired shares in Keystone Bank and 9mobile.

Mr Abubakar had earlier alleged that family members of President Muhammadu Buhari who atimes could not afford transport fare were stakeholders in the two firm.

The former vice president popularly known as Atiku while making the allegation called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to look into his claims but the anti-graft agency, as at press time, has not made its position on the matter known.

Although the two firms have denied cronies of the president bought it shares, Atiku has continued to insist that a probe on the matter should be carried out.

The Presidency has asked the former vice president to tender evidence before it could act on the issue but Atiku in a statement signed by Phrank Shaibu, his special assistant on public communications on Thursday, said such demands showed those he accused were guilty of the offence.

“While we hold on to the piece of evidence that we have, it is no longer in doubt that underhand dealings took place in the acquisition of Keystone Bank and 9Mobile,” he said.

“The roles played by the Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) and the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), both agencies of government have been widely reported and not controverted. The days of playing the ostrich by the Presidency are over. No more hiding for them”, he added.

The PDP flag-bearer after accusing the EFCC of failing to act has now called on the national assembly to carry out a probe on his allegation.

“It is not surprising that the EFCC has suddenly become prostrate and bluntly refused to investigate the acquisition of Keystone Bank and 9Mobile which have been widely adjudged to be fraudulent, if not out rightly criminal.

“The EFCC, like many other agencies under the administration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government has once again displayed partisanship. The only hope at this stage is the National Assembly which we urge should take up the gauntlet.

“The National Assembly as representatives of the people is the last hope. We cannot allow the looting and criminal acquisition of our collective patrimony. They plan to steal more if President Buhari wins a second term.

“The National Assembly and Nigerians must not allow them take away legacies we ought to bequeath to generations unborn. We must rally against nepotistic rule and entrenchment of parochial cleavages as we have witnessed under the APC,” Atiku said.