The Bola Ahmed Tinubu Campaign Organisation has knocked Atiku, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP over his revelation that he had another business while working for the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS.
This is coming after interview on Friday, 22nd of July, 2022 where, the PDP presidential aspirant was featured with the newsmen.
Atiku Abubakar disclosed that he had a taxi business while working with the customs service.
TCO who is BAT campaign organiser faulted Atiku’s claim that his actions then were not illegal.
TCO revealed this In a statement by it Director, Media & Communication, Bayo Onanuga, Atiku was termed a “lawbreaker.”
Bayo Onanuga stated, “PDP candidate is a lawbreaker. It was most shocking Atiku admitted that he cheated the system for decades and engaged in gross misconduct as a government worker. As a customs officer at the Idi-Iroko border, Atiku revealed that he ran a commercial taxi service, claiming ‘there is no law stopping public officers from doing business in Nigeria”. He punched harder, claiming there is no conflict of interest in doing so.
“We found this to be untrue. Every officer in the civil service is expected to comply with a code of conduct and service rules which bar civil and public servants from engaging in private business while in government employment to the detriment of the service he/she is employed to render to the public.
“The 1999 constitution further codifies this in Part I, Fifth Schedule, Section of 2 (b). It says a public officer shall not, except where he is not employed on full-time basis engage or participate in the management or running of any private business, profession or trade. The rules however allow a public officer to engage in farming.
“We wonder which rule or which law Atiku was relying upon for his gross misconduct as a public officer. It is our considered view that Atiku gamed the system all through his career in public service, culminating in his founding of the Intel Logistics along with Late Shehu Yar’Adua and some Italians, even while he was still in the employment of the Nigeria Customs Service.” He said
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