The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, said the general belief was that the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alh. Abubakar Atiku had collected part payment in an alleged deal to sell the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.
Atiku had in the run up to the election while campaigning made an electoral promise to privatise NNPC, a position that drew him criticism from the leadership of All Progressive Congress who claimed the former Vice President planned to sell the corporation to his friends.
At a press briefing on Thursday in Abuja, Oshiomhole speaking against the backdrop of Atiku’s decision to challenge his loss at the poll at the law court revisited the NNPC issue saying: “Was he going to rule Nigeria against our wish? Citizens must hold their leaders accountable to their policy choices. Even, when he said if he would die, he would sell the NNPC; many people believed that he has collected deposit.
“It borders on arrogance for Atiku to suggest that our future is tied to his presidency. Atiku is destined never to be president of Nigeria. Leadership is about character. Atiku’s desperation is so obvious, so desperate that in 2003, he challenged his own boss, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, not to do a second term.”