MEDIA REPORT ON THE PURPORTED INVESTIGATION OF ASIWAJU BOLA AHMED TINUBU
The Bola Ahmed Tinubu Solidarity Vanguard deem it pertinent and imperative to issue this press release on the purported investigation of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu by the Economic & Financial Crime Commission ( EFCC) as reported by some media.
The All Progressive Congress political party of which Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a major player has her manifesto focused on three critical areas which are Economy, Security and Corruption. The Buhari Administration has demonstrated commitment, dedication and resourcefulness in ensuring that the country is salvaged from corruption and economic crimes that have plagued the progress of this country for several years. It is therefore one of the reason why the President during his campaign in 2014 opined that we must kill corruption or we allow corruption to kill and destroy our nation and her future.
It is evident that the central bane of our backwardness and retrogression is mainly due to corruption that is well entrenched and embedded in all spheres of our nationhood. The siphoning of allocated fund for strategic infrastructural and economic assets is the reason why we have been bedevilled by poor standard of living, poor health facilities, unemployment,, lack of infrastructures, insecurity and all negative indices of underdevelopment.
The APC government objective is to fight corruption to the end, and this is why the Buhari administration has demonstrated unprecedented courage and steadfastness to win the war against corruption and other economic and social vices. The APC government anti corruption war has made giant strides in the area of recoveries and prosecution’s, systemic and technological innovations, preventions and controls.
The EFCC, ICPC, CCT and other anti corruption agencies are structures that the party has fortified and fully supported to actualise this critical objective of the war against corruption. It should therefore be noted that the APC government will not have any sacred cow or discriminate against any person, group or organisation in the course of winning this war. There is no alienation or shield for anyone who may have deeped their hand into the cookie jar through stealing the collective patrimony and commonwealth of our nation.
We commend the various anti corruption agencies and we will continue to support them in their activities. Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu after achieving sterling success in the corporate world decided to give back to the people by joining politics to provide good and progressive leadership. In 1991 he was elected by the people of Lagos South East senatorial district as their representative at the National Assembly. He was chosen by his colleagues at the national assembly as the Chairman Senate Committee on Finance. He discharged this duty with probity, accountability, diligence and honesty. He was not found with any blemish and was considered a strong force in the aborted third republic.
The return to the fourth republic in 1999 threw the mantle of leadership of the centre of excellence on the shoulder of the Jagaban of Borgu. Asiwaju’s landmark and outstanding achievements are living proof of his legacies. Asiwaju Tinubu fought tenaciously for the economic and revenue enhancement of Lagos state which was well demonstrated when the Obasanjo government denied Lagos state government her statutory allocations for several months. The financial wizardry, discipline and resoluteness deployed by Asiwaju Tinubu brought the state to viability and sustenance during the clampdown. The state revenue grew in multi folds and attracted new variants of investments locally and internationally with steady growth and positive impact on governance and development of the state. Jagaban Bola Ahmed also laid a strong foundation for the future of the new mega city through effective and efficient succession planning. After the completion of the statutory tenure of 8 years, he has continued to mentor and build capacity for the growth and development of this great nation.
The Obasanjo, Yardua and Goodluck Jonathan administration took on many PDP governors and arraigned them for corruption and other economic crimes. Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu stood out unscathed and integrity unblemished. The GEJ administration prior to 2011 election brought up charges through the Code of Conduct Bureau to the Code of Conduct Tribunal against Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu. He was arraigned and he was conspicuously present all through the trial to defend his innocence. Truth will always prevail over lies and subterfuge while a streak of light will eliminate clouds of darkness as Justice Danladi Umar acquitted him of all charges and set him free. Asiwaju Tinubu did not deploy legal shenanigans or intrigues but was ready to enrich our jurisprudence and established his innocence all through the trial.
It is unfortunate that our polity has been polluted with bitterness, acrimonies,malignant conspiracies, lies, misinformation and propaganda. These antics have been debarring our political growth and created bad blood with bitter consequences. The 2015 election came with biles and putrefaction of our decency by desperate politicians who were loosing out and were ready to sacrifice the country for their selfish ambition of keeping the nation in perpetual servitude . They deployed all antics and weapons to destroy the person of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu through sponsored lies, propaganda, misinformation and image battering of his personality and support base . It was a do or die desperation which buried principles, modesty and decency. You will recall the sponsored 90 minutes damaging documentary by African Independent Television on the person of Bola Ahmed Tinubu. The firmness, devotion and determination of Bola Ahmed Tinubu to rescue the nation from the precipice of destruction and jaw of the buccaneers greased his courage and provided the adrenaline glands which stimulated him to be undeterred and propelled the APC to victory. AIT had to issue a public apology and rebuttal on their slanderous and damaging documentary on his excellency Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
It is therefore surprising why the purported investigation of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has turned into a media sensations, frenzies and mischiefs. The media aide to Asiwaju Tinubu has clarified that they are not in receipt of any letter from any investigating body on the Jagaban. We encourage probity and accountability and will encourage any objective action in that regard.
It should be noted that the investigative bodies has the statutory duty to conduct investigation on any subject, person, group or organisation. The administration is committed to wiping out corruption, hence we welcome any course of action along this line to achieve this objective. Investigation is not an indictment or a conviction but an exercise to establish or corroborate incidences for validation or rejection.
As a Vanguard, we have no doubt in the integrity, honesty and transparency of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. We have followed his history and antecedents, which has emboldened our trust,confidence and reliance on him.
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the candidate to beat in the 2023 election, as such we should be prepared for series of well organised, orchestrated and richly oiled and highly funded negative and smear campaign against his personality. The opposition and enemies of our nation won’t hesitate to go to any length even at the detriment of modesty, decency and corporate existence of our dear nation to achieve their dastardly intention and derail the country and the unprecedented achievement of the APC government. They have no achievement or any previous report card to show for their 16 years of failures. The reason they have employed and still using intrigues, division and incitement to malign the candidacy of BAT.
We won’t be distracted by their antics but remain focus by keeping our eyes on the goal. They failed in 2015, 2019 and shall failure woefully as no matter how darkness pervades, a strike of light will eliminate its effects.
We urge our members to be wary of their ploys and shenanigans, and avoid being used by unscrupulous elements within and outside the party to scuttle the progress of this country. We must equip ourselves with knowledge and facts on issues to annihilate their lies and deceit.
The victory of 2023 is for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and we must not be distracted. We must fight lies with truth.
Ambassador (Dr) Dare Owotomobi FCPA
Global Chairman BATSV. Abuja.
4th March, 2023.