Nigeria, Abuja – (African Boulevar News) – As Nigeria prepares for its presidential election, voters are faced with a difficult decision. The three main candidates, Bola Tinubu, Atiku Abubakar, and Peter Obi, have all been associated with controversial activities in the past.
Atiku Abubakar: Wealth Built on Shaky Ground
Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the opposition People’s Democratic Party, has had a long and successful career in the private sector, with interests ranging from import-export to oil, agriculture, and telecommunications. However, he has been accused of using his political influence to benefit his business interests.
For example, his former boss, Olusegun Obasanjo, has accused him of embezzling $145 million intended for the Petroleum Technology Development Fund. Additionally, a US Senate report alleges that one of Abubakar’s wives helped him repatriate more than $40 million in suspicious funds to the US through offshore accounts.
While Abubakar has never faced prosecution in either Nigeria or the US, these accusations have led to doubts about his fitness for office.
Peter Obi: A Politician with a Dubious Tax History
Peter Obi, the outsider candidate of the Labor Party, is renowned for his reputation as a model of good management and transparency. However, he has been embroiled in controversy over allegations of tax evasion.
The Pandora Papers revealed that while serving as governor of Anambra State, Obi set up a company in the British Virgin Islands in his daughter’s name in order to evade taxes. He has also been accused of injecting public money into a brewery in which his relatives held shares, leading to charges of conflict of interest.
While Obi has denied any wrongdoing, these allegations have created a cloud over his candidacy.
However, Amidst this politically charged atmosphere of Nigeria’s upcoming election, the 61-year-old businessman has emerged as a surprising contender. With soaring speeches that some hail as fresh and unifying, and others decry as merely populist, this candidate has captured the imagination of Nigeria’s youth. And it’s no wonder, given that 60 percent of the country’s population is under the age of 25.
But can this candidate really deliver on his promises of change? Or is he simply playing on the hopes and fears of a generation that is all too familiar with broken promises and dashed dreams? As the election draws closer, Nigerians must decide for themselves whether to take a chance on this enigmatic figure or to stick with the devil they know.
Bola Tinubu: A Wealthy Politician with a Drug Trafficking Scandal
Bola Tinubu, the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, is a former governor of Lagos and one of the wealthiest men in Nigeria. However, his wealth has been the subject of much scrutiny, with allegations of fraud and embezzlement.
In the late 1980s, it was alleged that nearly $2 million from a heroin trafficking ring passed through accounts linked to Tinubu. While he denied any involvement in drug trafficking, he did reach an agreement with US authorities resulting in the confiscation of $460,000 from his accounts.
Tinubu was also accused of embezzling public funds through Alpha Beta Consulting, a company responsible for collecting taxes in Lagos State in which he held shares. These allegations led to a long standoff with an ex-collaborator, which was eventually resolved in an out-of-court settlement in June 2022.
The controversies surrounding these candidates make it difficult for Nigerian voters to make an informed choice. The allegations against them raise serious questions about their fitness for office and their commitment to transparency and accountability.
Nigeria faces a critical moment in its history, and its citizens need leaders who are honest, trustworthy, and committed to the greater good. It is up to the voters to decide which candidate can provide that kind of leadership.