Former vice president and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar on Sunday alleged that he was searched by state agents upon returning to Abuja.
Atiku has been in Dubai for some weeks now strategising on how to capture power from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and President Muhammadu Buhari.
While in Dubai, Atiku held a lot of meetings with his associates, including some senators and governors. Pictures of these meetings were posted in the social media.
Atiku said the search was aimed at intimidating him and his staff. He said that he remained committed to building a Nigeria where no citizen is intimidated by agents of state who are paid to protect them.
Meanwhile former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Timi Frank, has revealed that a plot to embarrass the People Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, on arrival early hours on Sunday from Dubai was a failure.
According to Frank, plan to also drop bags of foreign currencies and other implicating things in Atiku’s aircraft on his arrival was also unsuccessfull.
In a statement Timi Frank signed to raise an alarm on Sunday afternoon, he said the special squad of security men who carried out the search confessed that they were directed by the presidency to embarrass the former Vice President.
The squad, Frank revealed were armed with recording gadgets in and out of Atiku’s aircraft “to see if he returned to the country with foreign currencies or any other implicating materials.”
The former APC spokesman said the security men and the presidency were disappointed when nothing implicating could not be foundd on either Atiku or his aircraft.
While condemning what he tagged President Muhammadu Buhari’s move to desperately nail the PDP presidential candidate, Frank said if the former President Goodluck Jonathan was so harsh on President Buhari in 2015, he couldn’t have occupied the office today.
Frank said since Atiku Abubakar left office as Vice President for eight years, “this is the first time out of desperation to nail him that he has been searched embarrassingly.”
He, however warned president Buhari to desist from his act of desperation against the PDP presidential candidate.
“Due to information at our disposal, I have been saying it that the PDP presidential candidate is not save under this administration because the Buhari’s administration is deploying all manners of devilish strategies to nail all the opposition leaders especially, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
“We are using this medium to inform the international community to also take note of how Buhari administration is intimidating the opposition presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, who has served Nigeria as Vice President for eight years.”