A former principal officer of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Timi Frank, has disclosed alleged moves by President Muhammadu Buhari’s henchmen in the presidency to implicate Atiku Abubakar, the People Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate shortly after he arrived Nigeria from Dubai, UAE.
Frank explained that Atiku was subjected to a thorough and humiliating search by a combined team of security agents, just after his plane touched down in Abuja around 1am on Sunday.
He added that the Special Squad of security men who were apparently deployed by the presidency moved into Atiku’s aircraft with gadgets and listening devices, which they used to search the plane for hours.
“Nothing was however found on him or in his aircraft,” Frank said, adding that attempts to plant bags of foreign currencies and other implicating things in Atiku’s aircraft on his arrival were unsuccessful.
Condemning the act, Frank said that if Buhari had received a similar president by his predecessor, he wouldn’t have become president.
“Due to information at our disposal, I have been saying it that the PDP presidential candidate is not saved 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,” he said.
Also on his Twitter handle Atiku, confirmed the incident, saying he could not be intimidated:
I arrived to Abuja this morning to a search by agents of the state, aimed at intimidating me and my staff.
I am committed to building a Nigeria where no citizen is intimidated by agents of state who are paid to protect them.
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) November 11, 2018