The request from the campaign council was based on an audio recording made by Michael Achimugu, a former adviser to Abubakar, and made public last week.

The former vice president is said to have described in the recording how shell companies were created to steal state monies.

Festus Keyamo, the campaign council’s spokesperson, stated during a press conference on Monday in Abuja that Abubakar had a case to answer.

“Atiku does not enjoy immunity because he is a presidential candidate. We are saying this because they may be reluctant to act on the perception of the persecution of a presidential candidate it may invoke. However, facts are sacred,” Keyamo said.

“In other serious clime where situations like this arose, the law enforcement agencies acted decisively. You may recall in 2016, in the middle of campaigns for the exalted office of president in the US, the case of the private email of Hilary Clinton was referred to the justice department for likely prosecution a few weeks to actual voting, though she was actually cleared.

“That is what we want the authorities to do in the case of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. He has to be arrested, invited. He is not God. He does not enjoy immunity because he is a candidate.

“All monies should be recovered from the marine float account. In the voice note, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar can be heard boasting that the issue of that account was thoroughly investigated by the EFCC, yet he was smart enough to escape.”

According to the spokesperson, PDP ordered the former vice president to restore N500 million that he reportedly withdrew from the account when Abubakar had a disagreement with former President Olusegun Obasanjo  while they were in government.

“We also call for the protection of the whistleblower. When President Muhammadu Buhari came to office, one significant policy he adopted was that of whistleblowing,” he said.

“You are all aware that the policy has recorded tremendous success with the recovery of millions of dollars from hidden sources.

Keyamo added that “no harm must befall” Achimugu and members of his family.


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