Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says there is no public officer that has not been accused of corruption.
Speaking in a brief interview with CNN, Atiku said the allegations of corruption against him have not stood the test of time.
“They have not stood the test of time, there is no public officer that is not accused of corruption,” Atiku said.
Atiku, who had been accused of corruption on numerous occasion, has continually denied any wrongdoing.
The former vice-president also suggested that his success is one reason why corruption is always tied to his name, challenging anyone who has anything on him to come forward to charge him, prosecute him, and possibly indict him.
“I have been successful, I have never been charged, I have never been indicted, they are all allegations. I have asked anybody, I have dared people publicly, that if anybody has any evidence of corruption against me, let him come out,” he said in another CNN interview.
When asked point blank if he was corrupt, Atiku said: “I’m not, certainly not, because if I am corrupt, I would have been either charged or indicted”.
Speaking on gender equality, Atiku said the PDP, in its ideology, is gender sensitive, and has appointed more women as party executives, members of parliament, and ministers in its government.
He promised to review the condition of service for the lower cadre of the military, who sacrifice their lives for all Nigerians to live.