Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar says President Muhammadu Buhari would have ordered his arrest if he had evidence of corruption against him.
In a statement issued on his behalf by his campaign organisation, Abubakar said his emergence has thrown the camp of Buhari into confusion.
He also dismissed the allegation of the Buhari Campaign Organisation that he clinched the ticket of the opposition party as a result of financial inducement.
Abubakar said while he came out top in a keenly contested exercise, such could not be said of Buhari.
"We are not surprised that there is confusion in the President's camp. We expected that they would be thrown into a catatonic state knowing that Atiku Abubabakr's emergence automatically means the coming end of their ignominious reign," he said.
"That much was admitted by the President's former running mate, Pastor Tunde Bakare, when he praised the emergence of Atiku as an 'Eagle' and 'a cosmopolitan wazobia' politician. Obviously, Pastor Bakare has foreseen that the era of 97 per cent versus 5 per cent has come to an end with the emergence of the pan Nigerian Abubakar.
"We ask how can the Buhari Campaign Organisation disparage the PDP Primary that produced Abubakar, when even the President's own wife, Aisha Buhari, has condemned the APC's primary?
"Eleven aspirants contested against Abubakar, during the Presidential primary of the PDP. Every single one of them accepted his victory. President Buhari was the only candidate cleared by the APC to contest its primary, yet, a coalition of five aspirants are challenging his victory, that alone tells Nigerians his emergence is fraudulent.
"Nigerians know that Abubakar is the most investigated politician in Nigeria and any smear by the Buhari administration remains just that. With the vindictiveness of President Buhari, he would have arrested Atiku if he had been found wanting, Bakare said.