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Politics of Wednesday, 18 January 2023


Atikugate Saga: 'I am prepared to be jailed - Keyamo say he is not afraid of prosecution if Atiku wins

A photo collage of Festus Keyamo and Atiku Abubakar A photo collage of Festus Keyamo and Atiku Abubakar

Festus Keyamo, the spokesperson of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign council, has reiterated his commitment to dragging Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar to court.

Recall that the Minister of State in a press conference early this week said he will sue the former vice president over alleged money laundering and other related offenses, Channels Television reported.

In a viral video, one Michael Achimugu, a whistleblower, made an allegation against the Atiku, adding that the former vice president deployed Special Purpose Vehicles to embezzle money when he was in office between 1999 and 2007.

In reacting to the allegation, Keyamo and the APC PCC petitioned the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences (ICPC) to take action.

The ruling party gave Atiku 72 hours ultimatum to arrest the PDP presidential candidate over the corruption allegation.

On his part, the spokesperson of the PDP presidential campaign, Dino Melaye, said the allegation is merely a fairy tale, and that Atiku's camp would not engage the APC on the matter, but Keyamo said the court will decide if it is a fairy tale or not.

According to Keyamo, when the PDP brought out an old document about his principal, he challenged the opposition to heat their chest and go to court, now they're scared of the court.

He said: “Whether Atiku Abubakar wins or not (of course, I know he is not going to win), I’m prepared to face persecution under his government. I am prepared to go to jail, I am prepared to be charged even if he wins the election.”