President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday launched an attack on his main challenger in the February 23, 2019 presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to force him to drop his decision to go to court over the result of the poll.
Buhari polled over 15 million votes against over 11 million got by Atiku and was declared winner but the Peoples Democratic Party candidate said he would challenge the result in court.
In a bid to force him to drop the decision, agents of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Saturday arrested Babalele Abdullahi, finance director of the group of companies owned by Atiku Abubakar.
In a statement by Atiku’s spokesman, Paul Ibe, the arrest was aimed at making the PDP candidate concede victory and congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari.
“In a desperate move to have Atiku Abubakar concede and congratulate Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at about 8.30am today (Saturday) invaded the Maitama residence of Babalele,” Ibe said.
“They were however not given access to the house until his lawyers arrived. “The EFCC agents numbering about two dozen came in 2 regular vehicles, an 18-seater Toyota bus (registration Abuja CS 522 RSH) and a hilux van. They came with a search warrant to search the house and office of Babalele and found nothing incriminating.
“They then proceeded to his office at Oakland Centre in Maitama and found nothing incriminating there. However, they took away some documents of landed property.
“Not done, the EFCC officials stormed his Wuse residence where they again found nothing incriminating after the search. “Afterwards, Babalele was taken away to the EFCC office in Wuse to make a statement alongside Mr. Lawan Ayuba. “As a law abiding citizen, Atiku Abubakar recognizes the constitutional role of the EFCC and indeed any other agency of the government to carry out investigations, but will not be cowed by any attempt to blackmail him into mortgaging his mandate,” he added. .
The EFCC spokesman, Tony Orilade, is yet to speak on the matter.