There are strong indications that the crisis in the ruling party, All Progressive Party (APC) is unending as its bigwigs continue to lock horns. The latest in the fiasco episode is the rift between former Vice President, Abubakar Atiku and Kaduna State governor, Ahmed el-Rufai.
Atiku in an interview with Zero Tolerance, a publication of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said he was betrayed by the Kaduna State governor, Ahmed el-Rufai and the former Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Responding to allegations of corruption leveled against him by the Governor of Kaduna State, El-Rufai’s in his book Accidental Public Servant, Dailytrust reported that Atiku said El-Rufai did not give any evidence or prove where he was corrupt.
He added that: “this is the same el-Rufai and others who incorporated Transcorp during my time as Vice President and offered me shares and I declined.
“I wrote to them officially to say it was unethical of me to have accepted those offers, so, where is the corruption toga coming from.”
Atiku said he was betrayed by the Governor of Kaduna State, El-Rufai and
You are a liar, El-Rufai fires back
Governor El-Rufai in a statement personally signed by him, called Atiku a liar, adding that Turaki of Adamawa brought those allegations to dent his image.
“Alhaji Atiku is already running for 2019, and he thinks that he can make people like us collateral damage in his attempt to rejuvenate his image.
“This obsession for power inclined him to support the rebellion against the party that manifested in the National Assembly, and is continuing with obvious disrespect for the incumbent president.
“Everyone knows that I support and will continue to work for the success of President Muhammadu Buhari as he leads our country through tough times,” he said.
The Kaduna governor said rather than calling names, Atiku should address corruption issues trailing him.
“Like everyone else, Alhaji Atiku is entitled to rehabilitation. But that often requires coming clean with the people” he said.
El-Rufai accused the Turaki of Adamawa of severe corruption as the major reason why he dares not visit United States of America.
“Can Alhaji Atiku explain the findings in the report of the United States Senate Permanent Sub-Committee on Investigations which detailed a pattern of wire transfers of more than USD 40m from offshore companies like Siemens into bank accounts controlled by him and one of his wives? The report detailing the US Senate findings is online, as one of four case histories of foreign corruption in the USA. Alhaji Atiku should tell a better tale of why he is avoiding the United States of America,” he said. “Someone as obsessed with Nigeria’s presidency as he is, should clear up such matters conclusively. We wait to see how well he does with that,” he added.
You are an ingrate; Timi Frank blasts El-Rufai
Timi Frank, a loyalist to the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar blasted the Kaduna State governor, Ahmed El-Rufai for allegedly suggesting that his boss is corrupt.
Dailytrust reported that Frank described El-Rufai’s latest outburst as not surprising because of his antecedent of betraying all his known benefactors both in politics and in private life.
Frank added:” "the huge task of governance which El-Rufai has practically failed woefully in Kaduna supposed to be paramount to him instead of deploying his strongest power against Turaki Adamawa, who is far above the governor in all levels”.