Wednesday, 27 January 2016

SHOCK! Tinubu raises alarm over PDP’s plot

The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has raised alarm over an alleged plot by some members of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to spread smear campaigns against him in a bid to destroy his relationship with President Muhammadu Buhari.

Tinubu in a release by his media aide, Sunday Dare, on Tuesday, January 26, alleged that the smear campaign was being sponsored by some scared members of the PDP undergoing investigations of corruption by the administration.

He said the distorted media accounts written against him was meant to disrupt the progress being made against corruption and to destabilise the APC.

He said: The individuals behind the plot are mostly scared PDP elements made frightened by the Buhari anti-corruption campaign. They direct this falsehood at Tinubu in the futile mission of trying to drive a wedge between the President and Tinubu to disrupt the progress being made against corruption and to destabilise the APC.

“But their PDP is already something by-gone, buried under the mass of its corruption and wrongdoing. They fight for a cause that has no cause. They are mercenaries of all the ills and defects that the people want excised from our body politic. Thus, we must do the people a public service.”

The APC chieftain also denied media reports that he granted any interview regarding President Muhammadu Buhari’s plan to run for re-election in 2019.

He alerted members of the public about blogs peddling false stories to rope him in the $2.1bn arms scam.

He said: “In the last six weeks, the Tinubu Media Office has monitored the stream of false, distorted media accounts written against Bola Ahmed Tinubu. We have learned that there is a concerted, wilful campaign tagged, ‘Destroy the reputation of Tinubu and his relationship with Buhari.

“As part of this ugly plot to cultivate the worst of lies against the national leader of the APC, several blogs and online sites recruited to launch this smear campaign have manufactured stories to advance this sinister plan to taint the public mind with gross lies disguised as news reports and interviews.

“Fallacious headlines such as ‘Reasons why I collected N9m-Tinubu’ and ‘I will not return N9m-Tinubu”. “I am afraid PDP will stop Buhari in 2019 – Tinubu,’ are being paraded. Try as hard as they can the creators of these false tales and misleading headlines will fail miserably.

Adding that: “Their stories cannot stand up to the slightest scrutiny. They are patently false and we condemn in the strongest terms those involved in this anti-Tinubu racket.

While these fellows may think themselves cunning, they might have outwitted their very selves. In writing these stories, they have committed clear libel. In abusing the media office letterhead and name, their misrepresentations amount to forgery.

“They laugh now but walk on thin ice. Soon, that ice will break and they shall have nothing but the weight of their wrongdoing to blame for their predicament that will soon come.

“After identifying the bloggers and paid hatchet writers perpetrating these wrongs, the Tinubu Media Office is taking the step to alert the public to beware and be weary of hatchet writers, false prophets and paid bloggers. The Tinubu Media Office has the names and online sites recruited for this campaign and will not hesitate to make them know if they do not desist from their negative mission.”

Meanwhile, a  chieftain of the APC in Ekiti state, Senator Gbenga Aluko, has denied claims by some APC party members that he made disparaging remarks about Bola Tinubu, the national leader of the party.

Some members of the party had on Saturday, January 23, condemned Aluko for casting aspersions on the political relevance Bola Tinubu.

But in reaction, Aluko, according to Vanguard, expressed shock over the rumoured reports that he attacked Bola Tinubu. He said his statemet was misinterpreted and manipulated in the social media to set him against the respected party national leader.