The Buhari Campaign Organisation has been accused of hypocrisy and double standard despite its anti-corruption rhetorics. It has also been fingered as offering ‘sanctuary for corrupt elements’ even while hunting down members of the opposition through the Executive Order Six.
The accusation was made by a pro-Atiku Abubakar body, the Atiku Volunteers.
In a statement signed by its national coordinator, Mr. Kelvin Igboanugo, the group specifically accused the Buhari Campaign Office in Abuja of offering “executive protection” to a woman accused by her estranged husband of illegally disposing his property in Canada and sitting on the proceeds.
The Atiku Volunteers explained: “We were shocked after reading a pathetic story of an Igbo man called Ozy Ndukwe in the Vanguard newspaper of Wednesday, October 19, in which the man alleged that his wife who sold his big mansion in Canada and has refused to give him the money and giving birth to two children with another man even while still legally married to him was boasting that she has powerful connections in Abuja to deal the man (Ndukwe) if he did not leave her alone.
“Out of curiosity, we made some inquiries and discovered to our shock that the lady in question called Ms. Esohe Adams is actually a personal staffer of the Director General of the Buhari Campaign Organisation and Minister of Transport, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi.
“We find this to be most scandalous. We challenge Amaechi to clarify what exactly is his relationship with the woman in question. What a shame that the Buhari campaign office which likes to bamboozle the gullible with the so-called anti-corruption sing-song has now become the protection house for people accused of shady deals. We are at a loss if the so-called powerful connections the woman was quoted as saying she possesses include Buhari’s chief campaigner. How do we situate this against the backdrop of the pretence to purity and zero-tolerance for anything that is unwholesome.”
When our reporter sought the reaction of the chief spokesman for the Buhari Campaign, Barrister Festus Keyamo (SAN) for comments, he simply replied: “I don’t want to comment on that.”
In a petition that has been trending in the social media for weeks, Anambra-born and UK-based Ndukwe claimed that he was married to Ms. Adams and both lived in Canada. He said trouble started this year when Ms. Adams, who had moved to Nigeria in 2010 and later gave birth to two kids while still legally married to him, disposed of his property and has since blocked access to her to discuss how the proceeds of the property sold could be remitted to him.