National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, says there is a deliberate plot by some individuals to rub his name in the mud through fictitious reports in various social media.
The smear campaign was tagged, ‘Destroy the reputation of Tinubu and his relationship with Buhari’.
Tinubu said this in a statement by his media aide, Mr. Sunday Dare, on Tuesday.
He said most of those behind the act were aggrieved members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that had failed to recover from the defeat in the 2015 election.
Tinubu said some of them were being probed for corruption and had decided to push him into the controversy to whip up public sympathy.
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.”
Tinubu said he never granted any interview regarding President Buhari’s plan to run for re-election in 2019.
He also denied reports that he partook in the $2.1bn arms scam.
“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.”