I sold my Intels shares because President Buhari’s government was deliberately destroying the legitimate business which employs thousands of Nigerians – Atiku

President Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the President Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)

Intels Nigeria Limited has stated that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, a major shareholder in the company, has sold his shares and severed ties with the company.

Intels stated that Atiku sold off his shares and exited the company in 2020.

Confirming the development, the Media Adviser to Atiku, Mazi Paul Ibe, said that the former VP sold his shares because the President Muhammadu Buhari administration was deliberately destroying the legitimate business.

The spokesman for Intels, Tommaso Ruffinoni, in a statement titled ‘Intels severs ties with Atiku’, noted that the former VP through his trust named, Guernsey Trust International, sold shares of Orlean-Invest Group, Intels parent company, between December 2018 and January 2019 for the sum of approximately $60million.

“In the period between April and May 2020, Mr Atiku Abubakar converted his remaining shares into a convertible bond that he subsequently monetised up to a residual sum of approximately $29m.

“When he requested to cash in the above-mentioned sum, our group contested to Mr Atiku Abubakar a debt, towards our group, of $24.1m.

“Without having received any answer regarding the matter, on 30th of November 2020 Mr Atiku Abubakar was informed about the set-off of such sum while we made available the remaining sum of $5.4m.

“With the completion of the above-mentioned transactions, the era of Mr Atiku Abubakar family’s involvement with the Group Orlean-Intels is over.

“On 1st December 2020 our group terminated also the working relationship with Mr Abubakar’s sons, Mr Adamu Atiku-Abubakar and Mr Aminu Atiku-Abubakar, and since that date, our group does not have any contacts, neither direct nor indirect, with members of Mr Atiku Abubakar’s family.”

Speaking on the development, Atiku’s spokesman, Ibe, noted that the former VP had redirected his investment in Intels.

“Atiku Abubakar has been selling his shares in Intels over the years. It assumed greater urgency in the last five years, because this government has been preoccupied with destroying a legitimate business that was employing thousands of Nigerians because of politics.

“There should be a marked difference between politics and business. Yes, he has sold his shares in Intels and redirected his investment to other sectors of the economy for returns and creation of jobs.”

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