Lagos - Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has denied allegations of corruption leveled against him as the handiwork of political adversaries bent on denting his image.
Speaking with journalists in Lagos, Abubakar said that he had never at any time been convicted of corruption.
“I have not been charged of corruption, I am the most investigated Nigerian today. All these investigations revealed nothing, so it is a question of perception. I am capable of running a corruption free economy," he said.
He said that he is rather committed to fight corruption if he is given the opportunity to lead the country as president.
“Corruption can always be tackled by deploying political will and building institutions to deal with corruption. There has been no administration that has done that in the country better than our administration.”
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Abubakar added that he is now a "brand new political person" refined to transform the country.
He said he had already offered himself for election under the All Progressive Congress (APC) for next year’s poll.
He stated that the period he had been out of power had given him ample opportunity to study the challenges rocking the country and measures needed to solve the problems.
“If anything, I want you to see me as the new Atiku. I was in government the first time from 1999 to 2007 and I always thank my God that it did not continue. I have had a break. That break has enabled me to interact with ordinary Nigerians and know what they want and listen to them. Probably if I had continued and became the president, I wouldn’t have been the new Atiku I want to be,” he said.
Abubakar said he would pay attention to matters affecting the youths, saying that between 50 and 70 percent of the population were youths and therefore the future of this country is theirs.
“I have interacted with the youths on social media. It is extremely important to engage the youths so that we can understand their thinking and what they want and what they expect from politicians,” he said.
- CAJ News