A former governor of Ogun State Gbenga Daniel, says the perception of corruption about former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is being fuelled by his political opponents in the country.
Daniel, who is the Director General of the Atiku Campaign Organisation, made this comment in an interview on Channels Television’s political programme on Wednesday.
”Well, my opinion is that the issue of perception appears to have been over-flogged,” he stated during his appearance on Politics Today. The former governor added, ”By and large, I think as we move toward the real issues, people will begin to understand that these are just politically motivated issues.
“I have repeatedly said that it is not the Banana Republic; Nigeria as a people, we know our weaknesses, anything that is negative about our leaders, we are ready to believe it.”
Daniel stressed that despite the perception, Abubakar was still able to emerge as the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 election.
His words: “I remember when we were running the campaign in the primaries and everybody kept confronting us on this perception and we brought it out in the open that indeed it is no more than perception, politically motivated perception which unfortunately appears not to have stopped.”
The former governor said the corruption perception is irrelevant as far as they are concerned until when charges are pressed against the former vice president.