The People’s Democratic Party presidential flag bearer, Atiku Abubakar says he was “intimidated” on Sunday by armed government agents who searched his private plane upon his arrival at Abuja from Dubai.
Atiku Abubakar posted on his twitter account; “@atiku I arrived to Abuja this morning, to a search by agents of the state, aimed at intimidating me and my staff,”.
The PDP issued a statement saying it “condemned in the strongest terms the unleashing of a special security squad of army, police and paramilitary agencies by the Muhammadu Buhari presidency to physically harass our presidential candidate”.
The statement further said that the “attack” was carried out “on orders from above”.
Responding to the allegation, the minister of aviation Hadi Sirika said the search was routine and pplied to all international arrivals.
He said, “while it is true that the Task Force on Currency at the airport did the routine action of checking the former Vice President’s travel bag, he was accorded full respect as a senior citizen,”.
Atiku Abubakar had earlier voiced concern about tensions surrounding the presidential campaign, referring to his opposition as “uncompromising” and “power drunk”.