Abuja – The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) presidential candidate, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, on Friday said he never listed former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu, as corrupt when he was EFCC boss.
Ribadu, who was answering questions at the NN24 Presidential Debate held in Abuja, said Tinubu had made tremendous contributions to the development of Lagos State as well as the growth of democracy.
“Tinubu is one Nigerian that I respect very much. He deconstructed the power of the ruling party in Lagos. He supported and nurtured the growth of ACN from the scratch,’’ he said.
Ribadu also stated that if elected, he would reduce the multiplicity of government paratatal agencies.
“We will place emphasis on private sector-driven economy.
“ Investing in people and private sector will boost development of small scale enterprises.
“ We will cut down the number of government agencies and parastatal agencies to save funds for use to develop the critical sectors of the economy,’’ he added.
Also speaking, retired Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) flag bearer, denied being autocratic as perceived by a section of the media.
Buhari said between 2003 and 2007, he had course to approach the courts to express his grievances over the outcome of the elections.
This, he said, was a confirmation of his democratic credentials.
“When I lost elections in 2003 and 2007, I did not go to the streets. I spent 50 months in the courts asking for my rights.
“ That shows I am a democrat but I chose to use the courts to vent my disagreement with the conduct of the polls, he added.(NAN)