The presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has threatened to file a suit against some people and media organisations, Arise TV, Channels TV and BusinessDay, for spreading “fake news and assassinating” his character over his alleged drug trafficking case in the United States.
It would be recalled that the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois recently released a document over Tinubu’s connection to drug trafficking.
The document contained evidence of Tinubu’s alleged involvement in narcotics and money laundering about 30 years ago.
The matter was alleged to have led to Tinubu’s forfeiture of $460,000 in one of the accounts linked to the APC presidential candidate.
However, the Director, Media and Publicity, APC Presidential Campaign Council, Bayo Onanuga, while speaking on the allegations via a post on his Facebook page on Saturday, said a suit would be filed over the case soon.
Onanuga, who was reacting to the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) denial of investigating a criminal case against Tinubu, further accused the media organisations of working for the presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Labour Party (LP), Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi, respectively.
He stated: “All those people, including Arise TV, BusinessDay, and Channels TV spreading fake news and assassinating the character of Asiwaju Tinubu will meet us in court sooner than later.
“You have all thrown professionalism and objectivity to Jabi Lake because you are playing the script of your master puppeteers, Atiku and Peter Obi. The height of your shenanigans today was the wide use of a fake INEC statement. Shame on you all.”
Over the weekend there was a trending press release purportedly issued by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in which it said it was investigation the allegation against Tinubu and make its report known within 10 days. INEC, however, issued a statement on Saturday describing the purported press release as fake and said it had no intention of investigating the APC presidential candidate.