Frank, group warn against arrest of Atiku over Bank PHB
I didn’t take any economic document from you, Fayemi tells ex-vice president
A former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Timi Frank, has warned President Muhammadu Buhari against the move to probe the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, over his role in the collapse of Bank PHB.
Frank, in a statement, urged those behind the plot to perish such thought, as any attempt to arrest Atiku will be a direct recipe for chaos and anarchy in the country ahead of the February polls.
In another development, the Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has denied approaching Atiku to collect any economic policy documents on how to govern the state.
The PDP presidential candidate was quoted as saying during his meeting with the business community in Lagos last week Thursday that Fayemi had upon his election last year July approached him for an economic policy document and that he obliged him one. Fayemi, who spoke through his media aide, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, in a statement in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, said that Atiku might have been misquoted because “Fayemi never had any personal encounter with Atiku Abubakar when he ran for office in 2007 and he could not have asked him for policy ideas then and even in 2018 when he ran for his second term.”
Meanwhile, a group of concerned citizens, under the umbrella of Concerned Nigerian Patriots For Sustainable Future (CNPFSF), yesterday urged Buhari and the APC government to desist from arresting any opposition candidate.
Besides, the group called on the international community to immediately caution the Federal Government against embarking on undemocratic measures that may likely stall the conduct of the 2019 general elections and throw Nigeria into chaos.
In a statement issued in Kaduna and signed by its President, Chief Adebayo Eze Sakir, the CNPFSF said: “We have already alerted the international community to pressurise President Muhammad Buhari to keep to the promise made to British Prime Minister in 2018 to conduct free and fair elections as well as ensure liberty of his opponents.”
“The signs are crystal. A few days ago, Lai Mohammed, Information Minister boasted that the former Vice President and the main opposition candidate in the upcoming elections, Atiku Abubakar, will be arrested on charges bothering on alleged N156 million fraud perpetrated in the erstwhile Bank PHB in 2009.
“We hereby unequivocally condemn any plan to arrest Atiku Abubakar or any senior member of the main opposition party, the PDP and their perceived enemies just three weeks away from our national elections.