Former Second Lady of the federation, Mrs. Titi Abubakar, has alleged that her husband and the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, was victimized for insisting on inspecting the controversial 53 suitcases imported into the country by a first-class northern traditional ruler during military administration of then Major General Muhammadu Buhari.
Atiku was the Customs Officer in Charge of the Murtala Muhammed Airport when the suitcases were imported into the country in 1994.
Speaking while being received by foremost Niger Delta leader, Chief Edwin Clark, and other leaders of the South-South, Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Middle Belt Forum, in his Abuja residence on Wednesday, she said Atiku’s insistence drew the ire of government which then pressured him out of his post.
She said: “When Atiku was in Customs, there was one incident that happened in the 80s. There were some 53 suitcases that were brought in then by this present administration, they were in charge then, and he (Atiku) insisted that those suitcases must be opened.
“But they were very angry with him and they called the then Minister of Finance, Onaolapo Soleye, and they said they should throw him out of the job.
“But the minister said to them, this is one of the finest officers he had, that he would never throw Atiku out. That was what the man did.
“They said, ‘it’s ok, if you don’t want to throw the man out, transfer him immediately.’
“Atiku, that day was transferred to Kano.”