Atiku’s only plan is to hand over Nigeria’s assets to friends, cronies – BMO alleges

The Buhari Media Organisation said the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, does not have a master plan for Nigeria

In a statement, the group warned that if Atiku is elected the president, he would hand over the assets of the country to friends and relatives

BMO also attacked Atiku over an alleged statement by the PDP presidential candidate that he would sell NNPC The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) said the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, does not have a master plan for Nigeria than handing over the assets of the country to friends and relatives.

The Nation reports that in a statement signed by its chairman, Niyi Akinsiju and secretary, Cassidy Madue, the group attacked Atiku, alleging that the former president is planning to sell the country to his cronies and family members as he allegedly did when he was the chairman of National Council on Privatisation (NCP) between 1999 and 2007.

MBO also said a statement credited to Atiku saying he would sell the NNPC was a proof that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate have no plan for the good of the country.

The statement read: “We certainly were not shocked to hear the PDP presidential candidate deliver what clearly sums up the Atiku plan-unbridled sale of national assets.

“It was clear from the stunned look on the faces of the cream of Nigeria’s business community present at the occasion that an Atiku presidency would only be for the benefit of friends as well as cronies of the PDP presidential candidate.

“We had in the course of an earlier statement dropped hints about promissory transactions that the former vice president had sealed on national assets including the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). “And now that he has with his own mouth confirmed his plan, it is clear that Atiku Abubakar and national assets are two entities that should not be allowed to come together”.

Recounting how many national assets were sold during the Atiku vice presidency era with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the pro-Buhari group warned Nigerians not to vote for Atiku in order to avert impending looms.

It also alleged: “Some of the highly prized assets that were sold at ridiculous prices include Aluminium Smelter Company of Nigeria (ALSCON) whose sale had been the subject of a litigation between two foreign firms since the 2004 bid process won by the US-based BFI group.

“Nigeria is on record to have lost billions of naira to that intractable transaction that is now before the Supreme Court because of the obvious lack of transparency.

“Daily Times was also sold in questionable circumstances and its assets stripped just like that of Nigeria Airways without any real benefit to the Nigerian state, apart from unpaid benefits to the former staff.”

“There is also INTELS, which Nigerians now know is partly owned by Atiku Abubakar, which was granted concession to run the Onne Port and manage the Pilotage at Apapa Ports on the former vice president’s watch”

Atiku, the PDP’s presidential candidate, was billed for a rally in the state capital on Monday, January 7.

The campaign council fingered Governor Yahaya Bello and the APC in the alleged plot, in a statement on Sunday, January 6, by its head of media and publicity, Usman Austin Okai.

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