Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, has dismissed allegation that he used his position in the Nigerian Customs Service to perpetrate acts of corruption.
Abubakar made the remark on Wednesday, January 30, in Abuja at a town hall meeting organised by the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Daria Media with support from the MacArthur Foundation.
The town hall meeting tagged: The Candidates, is a two-hour televised series which features presidential and vice presidential candidates of four leading political parties.
The parties were selected from the results of multiple polls aggregated by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the custom allegation followed the controversial importation of 53 suit cases into the country in 1984 by a first class traditional ruler in the north. Abubakar was the customs officer in charge of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport when the suit cases were brought into the country.
He said the administration had also performed below expectations, adding that he had the business experience which he acquired over time to ensure the development of the country.
Abubakar said that he is the bridge between the future and the present, stressing that he had all it would take to get the country working again.
He also noted that there was so much bottleneck in the country`s judicial system, adding that his administration would change the narrative if he became the country`s next president.
He further said that he would introduce a judicial reform that would address the bottlenecks in the judiciary, using legislative process as was obtainable in other countries.
Abubakar, who was the country`s vice president under the President Olusegun Obasanjo administration also said that if elected as the country`s next president, he would sustain the fight against corruption.
NAN reports that Abubakar had a fractured relationship with Obasonjo, his former boss, but had to mend fences with him after he won the PDP ticket to fly the party`s flag in the coming presidential election slated for Feb. 16.
Peter Obi, Abubakar`s running mate and a former governor of Anambra, who also featured at the town hall meeting, said Atiku had the capacity to address the country`s growing unemployment statistics.